Voyage name: 
V03/17 Geelong (VIC) to Hobart (TAS)
29 Jan - 08 Feb 2017
Latitude: 
41 17 S
Longitude: 
148 21 E
Conditions: 
Currently at anchor at St Helens Point and experiencing moderate NW winds with nil swell. The current temperature is a cool 14 degrees (feels colder)
Hi Everyone, Welcome to day four of our voyage. The strong westerlies continued overnight which meant that we were able to transit all the way through Banks Straight under sail. By sunrise this morning we were located 3nm to the east of Eddystone Point (north Eastern Point of Tasmania) sailing under fore and aft sail and still making good speed. As expected once we got in the lee of the East Coast of Tasmania the swell dropped off to less than 1m and all those that had been suffering from the dreaded sailor’s curse of seasickness made a speedy recovery. By morning brief we had reached the Bay of Fires and following the completion of cleaning station all sail was handed in and we proceeded into anchor just off the picturesque seaside town of Binalong Bay. Early this afternoon the Youth Crew were ferried ashore where they were given the opportunity to have a swim, play beach sports or just enjoy a coffee at the local café who was most appreciative of the extra business. Late this afternoon the wind strengthened again to 25-30kts from the NNW which put us on a lee shore so once we had everyone safely back onboard we weighed anchor then transited 4nm to the south where we found a more sheltered anchorage at St Helens Point. Given the return of the Youth Crew’s appetites we had planned to have a teak deck BBQ dinner this evening but regrettably due to the strong winds we had to cook this in the galley and eat dinner in the ships café. It was still delicious and I am sure that we will have a couple more opportunities to enjoy a BBQ before the end of the voyage. Once we had cleaned up from dinner all of us got rugged up then mustered up on deck for a very entertaining round of Three Way Chats (communication and learning a little more about each other exercise). To finish the night’s activities Adam the Navigator (Navman) gave a brief on how to keep the ship safe at anchor and we have now settled into anchor watches overnight ensuring that we all get a well deserved good nights sleep. Tomorrow morning we will weigh anchor and continue our passage south along the East Coast of Tasmania with our next stop planned to be the beautiful Wineglass Bay. Until Tomorrow, take care Yours Aye Captain Gav