Currently located 15nm to the South of Cadiz motor sailing into strong 20-25kt SE winds with a 1m ESE swell. Current temperature is 13 degrees.
Welcome to our first Captain\\'s Log for Passage Three of World Voyage 2015. Our journey commenced when we departed the wonderful city of Cadiz, Spain, and will see us enter the Mediterranean then make our way to Turkey via Malta to participate in the Centenary of ANZAC. We have a highly motivated Youth Crew, some great sailing to experience and exciting ports to visit. I would like to introduce the highly experienced Royal Australian Navy Staff Crew that will undertake and facilitate this voyage:
Captain – Gav
Sail Master – Kenny
Navigator – Miquela
A/Navigator – Jodie
BOATSO – Taffy
Red Watch Leader and Medic – Lauren
White Watch Leader – Matt
Blue Watch Leader and 2nd Engineer – Shaun
Chef – Aaron
Engineer – Lindsey
Doctor – Tenille
The voyage officially commenced for this Crew when they joined Young Endeavour in Cadiz on Saturday 04 Apr 15 berthed alongside the Muelle Ribera Wharf, Zona Franca. Since joining the new Crew have been taking in the sights of Cadiz and the surrounding area on some organised tours, getting to know their new shipmates and settling into the Ship.
This morning’s program started at 0900 with an introduction to the Staff members that the Youth Crew had not yet met, followed by a thorough safety brief given by Taffy our resident Safety Equipment specialist. Once completed we then had to quickly strike the awning as the wind had increased to 25kts and it was now acting like a large sail. Lunch followed then it was straight into harness briefs then first climbs of the foremast.
Originally we had planned to depart our berth at 1600 but due to the strong ESE winds blowing us onto the wharf I organised two tugs to assist us off our berth. These tugs arrived at 1650 and once secured and our Pilot embarked we safely departed our berth in challenging conditions at 1715. Once clear of the wharf we completed our 5nm pilotage out of Cadiz Harbour, dropped off our Cadiz Pilot at the Pilot Disembarkation Area then shaped a new course to the SE and the Straits of Gibraltar
The time is now 2010 and we are currently located 15nm to the south of Cadiz. It has been an extremely successful first day for our Passage Three World Voyagers and I am really pleased with the enthusiasm and motivation shown by everyone so early in the voyage.
Overnight the new Crew will settle into their watches and, depending on our speed, we should transit through the Straits of Gibraltar sometime during the early hours of tomorrow morning.
Regrettably the weather forecast is not that favourable with strong-gale force winds currently forecast for the Straits of Gibraltar, but that\\'s sailing for you.
Until tomorrow, take care.