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Tenacious Tall Ship Welcome - 27 May 2017

posted 1 Jun 2017, 15:16 by Geoff Head   [ updated 22 Oct 2019, 17:25 ]
Crew: Peter, Eduardo, Sandra, Murray, Geoff

Marine Forecast: Light northerlies changing to strong southerlies in the evening.

Departed Chaffers Marina at 1200 hrs with Mainsail and No.1 Genoa and almost no wind. Headed north slowly towards Somes island. Had lunch on the way. Thanks Sandra for the great quiche!

At 1330 hrs hoisted the spinnaker. Hoist went well. Plan was to sail all the way down to Wellington Heads with the wind in our spinnaker but unfortunately our plans were thwarted when the wind suddenly changed to a southerly (much earlier than predicted). So we sailed towards Seaview and then dropped the spinnaker and headed back towards Wellington. Still no sign of Tenacious.

Did a headsail change from No. 1 to No. 3 and tacked our way back into Lambton Harbour with some good southerlies (max gust recorded was 25 kts) and finally saw Tenacious appear on the AIS tracker on OpenCPN. So after dropping the sails we motored back out into the harbour to welcome this beautiful tall ship and accompany her as she motored towards Queens Wharf. A great sight!

We finally returned to the marina at 1635 hrs. A southerly gust hit us just as we were turning into the berth so had to quickly reverse back and start the entry a second time. All went well in the end!

Total distance: 18 Nautical miles,. Total time 4:38 hrs.

Tenacious is the largest operative wooden hulled ship in the world. She was built in 2000 by 1,500 mixed ability volunteers and includes special features which make her fully accessible and fully inclusive for everyone onboard.

Tenacious Welcome- 27 May 2017.gpx
Geoff Head,
1 Jun 2017, 15:16