V20/16 Esperance (WA) to Adelaide (SA)
11 Dec - 22 Dec 2016
34 31 S
126 38 E
Currently located 240nm to the ESE of Esperance motor sailing in moderate ESE winds with a 2-3m SSW swell. Our current speed is 6kts and the temperature is 15 degrees.
Hi Everyone, Welcome to Day 4 of our voyage. The wind moderated and backed overnight and by morning brief we were located 150nm to the ESE of Esperance motor sailing and making 6kts of boat speed. As expected due to a 1.5 – 2m SSW swell a small number of the Youth Crew were still suffering from seasickness but the majority have found their ‘sea legs’ and are handling the conditions well. This morning following morning brief and cleaning stations (Happy Hour) Adam the Navigator gave his informative brief on navigation and whilst on watch the Youth Crew will now get to put this theory into practice as they use these new found skills to assist in navigating the ship across the Great Australian Bight. Lunch followed with Chef Jenko again amazing us with the fantastic cuisine that he produces out of our rather small galley. After a short siesta the Youth Crew were back on deck for their first round of ‘Rope Races’. This activity tests the knowledge of the Youth Crew as they compete to locate sheets, tacks, clew lines and other parts of the rigging that they need to know to be able to set sails and to sail the ship. This event becomes very competitive between the three watches as the voyage progresses and their knowledge improves. Once completed I sat everyone down and gave a presentation on sail theory and in particular the intricacies of sailing Young Endeavour which will come in handy come Command Day. The time is now 2000 and we are located 24nm to the ESE of Esperance still having to motor sail in moderate 12-16kt ESE winds which are not that favourable for us at this time. Overnight all three watches will undertake the BEAREX (teambuilding, communication and initiative exercise) as we continue to make best speed across the Bight. Until tomorrow, take care Yours Aye Captain Gav