“Sails are more than just strips of canvas panels sewn together, they are the wings of the ship and give her that feeling of being almost like a living thing. They are worked very hard however, and are constantly under attack from all weathers”.

Captain Darren blogs from onboard Tenacious about how sails bring a close connection to the sea, and why we’re asking for your support in raising funds for new sails for the season ahead.

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Everyone has been working hard over these last few month, getting the ship through her special survey. New Main Engines and Generators have been fitted amongst a myriad of other equipment, and we are very much looking forward to taking our voyage crew sailing again in the early part of next year.

We’ve often mentioned recently that new machinery has been installed, but we are of course a sailing ship, and the ship’s main propulsion are our sails. Some of our sails are wearing rather thin now, particularly our highest square sails which, for those who haven’t sailed with us yet, are known as Royals.

It would be an amazing thing to be able to bend on brand new sails for this coming season, sails are more than just strips of canvas panels sewn together, they are the wings of the ship and give her that feeling of being almost like a living thing rather than just another inorganic object. Flying through the water under sail on Tenacious is a magical experience, and in my opinion, brings a closer connection to the sea itself.

They are worked very hard however, and are constantly under attack from all weathers. Because of that they need to be strong and well made, this of course requires a significant investment by the Trust. Donating funds towards new sails would be a lifeline for us, and we can continue to do what we do best, give our fellow shipmates the experience of a lifetime for years to come.

Please consider making a donation if you can. What ever you’re able to give, we’re enormously grateful. Thank you.

Fair winds and safe sailing from all of us onboard Tenacious.

Captain Darren