V18/16 Exmouth (WA) to Fremantle (WA)
17 Oct - 29 Oct 2016
21 48 S
114 01 E
Currently located 28nm to the SW of Exmouth and experiencing moderate SW winds with a 1-2m SSW swell. Our current speed is 6kts and the temperature is 21 degrees.
Hi Everyone, Welcome to Day 2 of our Voyage. It was a windy morning that greeted a well rested Youth Crew this morning. Following an Early Morning Activity (EMA) and quick breakfast we conducted a short morning brief with the intent of going straight into first climbs of the foremast but due to the strength of the wind and an unpleasant swell we decided to defer this activity until early afternoon when the wind was forecast to moderate. Whilst awaiting for these conditions to improve we conducted a good set of cleaning stations (Happy Hour) then following a short break Lauren our Safety Equipment Specialist conducted a very thorough safety equipment brief. As forecast the wind moderated to less than 10kts just after midday so Kyle the Sail Master went straight into his harness and safety aloft brief which was followed by first climbs. Once completed, we weighed anchor and it light conditions commenced our pilotage out of Exmouth Gulf. During this pilotage we conducted some sail setting and furling drills which were continually interrupted by the sighting of numerous whales and the occasional manta ray. By sunset this evening we had rounded North West Cape and in light winds had commenced our passage to Fremantle. Overnight the Youth crew will settle into their watch routine while we enjoy this light weather sailing with our current plan being to make best speed for Shark Bay hoping that the ‘Weather Gods’ stay on our side and that we don’t experience the forecasted strong SSE headwinds. Currently we are located 28nm from Exmouth motor sailing in moderate SW winds. Until tomorrow evening, take care. Yours Aye Captain Gav