Currently we are located 150nm to the east of Rio sailing close hauled on a port tack and experiencing strong 20-25kt northerly winds with a 1.5 - 2m NE swell. Current temperature is 24 degrees
Welcome to day 4 of our voyage. Overnight the wind strengthened to 25kts from the NE which was quite unexpected, so our new adventurers had a tough introduction to their first night at sea for this voyage.
These conditions continued this morning so the first job prior to morning brief was to strike both the boom and midship awnings. Given the wind strength this was not an easy task and took all hands to achieve this safely. With these awnings stowed we then set about setting a number of our fore and aft sails so that we could balance the Ship.
A late Morning brief followed and this gave us a chance to discuss those important things about life at sea and how we ensure that we live in clean and friendly environment. As normally happens when it came for my morning chat a large pod of dolphins appeared which took everyone’s attention away from anything that I had to say and straight to watching these beautiful creatures surfing in our wake and bow wave. During my many voyages onboard Young Endeavour I have learnt that you just can’t compete with dolphins or whales!
On completion of morning brief we enjoyed another one of Chef Aaron’s great lunches then in the true tradition of South America gave everyone a short afternoon siesta. At 1400 Sail Master Dion had everyone back on deck and following a short brief the Ship was brought to tacking stations and in strong conditions we completed our first set of tacks as a Crew (on this occasion I decided to wear ship which is putting the stern of the ship through the wind).
With this activity safely complete the final job of the day was Happy Hour (cleaning stations). This is normally done in the morning but given everything else that needed to be done this was deferred until late this afternoon.
The time is now 2100 and the Crew have settled into their watches for the night. Overnight we will continue to head east were we hope to pickup favourable winds to assist our passage across the Atlantic to the Cape Verde Islands.
Until tomorrow, take care.