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Sailing by Numbers

Tenacious bell. Ship launched in 2000.

Tenacious bell. Ship launched in 2000.

Tomorrow (2016-06-05) I fly to Fiji to join voyage 461 of the tall ship Tenacious (which starts on 2016-06-08). It will be voyage 15 for me on the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s 2 ships.

Tenacious. JST ship 002.

Tenacious. JST ship 002. I must admit that I laughed when the first time I saw this 3-digit optimism, and the massive fleet of tall ships it conjured up!

In 2005, Tenacious graced a 60 cent stamp of the Republic of Ireland (Eire).

60 cent Irish stamp, 2005

60 cent Irish stamp, 2005

I have a particular fondness for this ship because I helped to build her. When the Jubilee Sailing Trust set out to build a second tall ship in the 1990s, they approached its construction the same way they approach the sailing of a ship: a mix of skilled professionals and unskilled lay-people, a mix of able-bodied and physically-disabled people.

The keel of as-yet-unnamed ship was laid by HRH the Duke of York in a ceremony on 1996-07-06. In 2000-09, the JST’s new ship, now proudly named Tenacious, set off on her maiden voyage.

Tenacious leaving her home port of Southampton, 2000-09.

Tenacious leaving her home port of Southampton on her first official voyage, 2000-09.

Need more numbers? Tenacious is 65m/213ft3in long (including bowsprit), has a beam of 10.5m/34ft6in, displaces 714tonnes, and has a sail area of 1200m2/12,920sq ft. The masthead is 38m/124ft8in above the deck.

To put those measurements into perspective, here she is in Horta (the Azores) in 2006-04, on voyage 156, dwarfing the yachts and pleasure boats beside her.

Tenacious in Horta, 2006

Tenacious in Horta, 2006


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Admiration: Captain Barbara Campell

Leaving Bermuda on Tenacious. Barbara often stands on top of the deck house to get a clear view ahead!

Leaving Bermuda on Tenacious. Barbara often stands on top of the deck house to get a clear view ahead!

This week’s Photo Challenge is to “depict something or someone you admire”. I’d like to introduce you to Captain Barbara Campbell, for whom I have immense admiration.

I first met Barbara about 20 years ago, and have since sailed with her on a number of voyages on the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s tall ships Lord Nelson and Tenacious. Among the JST’s thousands of voyage crew, she is known affectionately as simply “Captain Barbara”.

In a storm, Atlantic Ocean.

In a storm, Tenacious, Atlantic Ocean.

Barbara began her maritime career as a deck cadet with P&O in the 1970s, a time when a life at sea was not generally considered a career option for women. She worked her way up to deck officer and then in 1986 obtained her Master’s Ticket — the first woman in Scotland to do so. While working on ferries and cruise ships, Barbara also “moon lighted” on tall ships, doing odd voyages on Lord Nelson, for example, from 1992. She became captain of Lord Nelson in 1999.

In conference with the first mate, Atlantic Ocean.

In conference with the first mate, Tenacious, Atlantic Ocean.

Being a ship’s captain is not all about giving commands: Barbara does more than her fair share of rope pulling and mast climbing. She often makes me feel guilty! I remember one morning on Lord Nelson in the Indian Ocean, my watch was setting a sail before breakfast — with more duty than enthusiasm, it must be admitted. A little white blur shot out of the deckhouse and clapped onto the line with us. Yup, Captain Barbara. As you may imagine, our efforts suddenly intensified!

On long voyages such as ocean passages, there’s time for lighter activities, too. Each JST ship carries up to 40 paying “voyage crew”, and Barbara joins the fun.

As Neptune, King of the Ocean Waves, with consort and assorted members of 'his' court, for the Crossing the Line [Equator] ceremony, Lord Nelson, Indian Ocean.

As Neptune, King of the Ocean Waves, with consort and assorted members of ‘his’ court, for the Crossing the Line [Equator] ceremony, Lord Nelson, Indian Ocean.

Dancing a reel with the voyage crew, Atlantic Ocean.

Dancing a reel with the voyage crew, Tenacious, Atlantic Ocean.

Judging a kite flying competition, Atlantic Ocean.

Judging a kite flying competition, Tenacious, Atlantic Ocean.

Barbara Campbell is a true trailblazer and role model for women in what had been very much a man’s job. Physically petite, she has tremendous presence and authority: when you see her with first mates towering beside her, there’s no doubt who’s in charge! I’ll be sailing on Tenacious around Fiji for two weeks in June, and I hope Captain Barbara is onboard.

Leading a church service, Atlantic Ocean.

Leading a church service, Tenacious, Atlantic Ocean.

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Travel theme: Faces

Two women at the Amber Fort, Jaipur. They are listening to a third woman off to the right.

Two women at the Amber Fort, Jaipur. They are listening to a third woman off to the right.

I had a marvellous time going through my travel photos to find ones to fit Ailsa’s travel theme of faces. Old memories came back and the travels seemed like yesterday. I’ve tried to choose faces with interesting expressions. The people in the feature image at top all look quite serious, despite this being the first official tasting during our three-day trip to the Champagne region.

India – Tordi Gar

These women are looking back at another woman who has just walked away from them.

These women are looking back at another woman who has just walked away from them.

What a fascinating contrast of faces here!

What a fascinating contrast of faces here!

Nepal

The focus of the photo is the man, the tour guide for our trek in the Himalayan foothills. I grabbed the shot of him napping on the public bus, and also caught the woman. Is she curious? Disapproving? I'm not sure!

The focus of the photo is the man, the tour guide for our trek in the Himalayan foothills. I grabbed the shot of him napping on the public bus, and also caught the woman who turned to look right at me. Is she curious? Disapproving? I’m not sure!

They are looking at their photos on the digital camera of someone in my group. Amidst the excitement, one boy looked directly up at me as if to say,"What are you people doing here?"

These are grass cutters in Chitwan. They are looking at their photos on the digital camera of someone in my group. Amidst the excitement, one boy looked directly up at me.

Sailing – ‘Tenacious’ in the Atlantic

The woman is Barbara Campbell, who has captained both of the Jubilee Sailing Trust's tall ships. Her expression is pure concentration as she tackles a torn sail with needle and thread.

The woman is Barbara Campbell, who has captained both of the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s tall ships. Her expression is pure concentration as she tackles a torn sail with needle and thread.

It's raining, the decks are slippery and wet, the ship is heeled over -- but look at those smiles!

It’s raining, the decks are slippery and wet, the ship is heeled over — but look at those smiles!

Mauritius

Fisherman on one of the many commercial fishing boats in Port Louis harbour, Mauritius. They watched us sail in in 'Lord Nelson' with reactions from enthusiasm to indifference.

Fisherman on one of the many commercial fishing boats in Port Louis harbour, Mauritius. They watched us sail in in ‘Lord Nelson’ with reactions from enthusiasm to indifference.

Peru

A couple of poor quality scans of old prints here, apologies! But I like how in both, the two people have different reactions to being photographed.

Reed island, Lake Titicaca: The small girl looks unsure of what is expected, but the older one seems to have learned that tourist photos mean money.

Reed island, Lake Titicaca: The small girl looks unsure of what is expected, but the older one seems to have learned that tourist photos mean money.

Amantani island, Lake Titicaca: The woman was determined that we would take of photo of her and her son; the boy, however, had other ideas!

Amantani island, Lake Titicaca: The woman was determined that we would take of photo of her and her son; the boy, however, had other ideas!