Here’s the latest from the crew of the tall ship Tenacious, bound for Australia and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. The 213-foot three masted barque is one of the largest wooden ships afloat today and she’s specially adapted for disabled and able-bodied sailors to operate the ship. She’s come all the way from her home port in Southampton UK, crossing the Atlantic and the Pacific on a circumnavigation that will see here arrive in Australian waters in August and make her way to Hobart in time for the Festival opener, the Parade of Sail on February 10.
July 8, 2016
The Tenacious crew have enjoyed a couple of fabulous days’ rest and relaxation in Vanuatu. All of us took the opportunity to explore the town of Port Vila, some visiting the museum and cultural centre to learn about the history and culture of these fascinating islands. A visit to the waterfall cascades was a good time to enjoy a dip in cool fresh water pools – just perfect for a hot sunny day. Some others made for Hideaway Island to do some snorkelling and even to post cards in an underwater post box. So if your postcard arrives slightly soggy, you will know why!
A trip to the Blue Lagoon was a great chance to swing from ropes into the pool, and swirl down river into the sea.
After a hard day’s fun many of us managed to consume a few beers in the waterfront Numbawan Café whilst waiting for the jolly boat back to Tenacious for a delicious dinner onboard. We have now raised the anchor and are heading south to discover our next tropical paradise, New Caledonia, which promises to offer more adventures for our bold explorers.
(signed) Aft Port watch – Dick, Darlene, Xx, Lucy, Lucilla, Bridget, Mike, Mark, Matt, Monty and Rowena.