Weather - overcast with passing showers, Wind - north-westerly 15 kn - gusting to 25 kn at times, Swell - nil, Temp - 14 deg. C
Welcome to day three of our voyage. Overnight we undertook the passage to Port Davey. We anticipated the wind backing to south-westerly from north westerly. As the winds were forecast to be up to 35 kn we reduced our sail plan to the Fore Staysail, Main Staysail and the Storm Tri-sail. We tacked at midnight at the changeover of watch between the first and middle watches. By the time the morning watch had taken over the wind was south westerly and we had replaced the Fore Staysail with the Jib as we were now on a broad reach. The watches had some challenging sailing overnight in the strong conditions.
At 0900 we entered Port Davey, conducting the Morning Brief and Happy Hour during the transit into Bathurst Channel. On completion the crew came on deck to take-in the breathtaking scenery. We anchored in Joan Bay at 0930 and then launched the boats and prepared to transport the crew along the remainder of Bathurst channel and into Bathurst Harbour. We started having lunch at 1115 when a local lobster fisherman encouraged us to follow him along the remainder of the channel and into the harbour as strong winds were forecast and the harbour offered better protection. We accepted his kind offer and followed in his wake as he guided us into the harbour and we then anchored in the eastern lee of Mt Rugby.
As soon as the Ship ‘had her cable’ we commenced boat runs to ferry the crew ashore to Clayton’s Corner. From there, those who were keen, climbed a 275 m nearby peak, Mount Beattie, which afforded a breathtaking view of Bathurst Harbour and the surrounds.
Everyone had returned onboard by 1730 and at 1800 we had a ‘Teak Deck’ barbie under our midships awning which protected us from the light drizzle associated with the passing showers. Once we had cleaned up from dinner we conducted our first round of competitive/non competitive Rope Races and then it was straight into an entertaining round of Three Way Chats (communication and getting to know each other exercise). Once completed, Navigator Evan gave the anchor watches brief which detailed the duties and responsibilities of personnel when keeping an anchor watch. The crew will be formed into two-person watches and will keep one 90 minute watch overnight, during which they are responsible for monitoring navigational safety and conducting engineering rounds of the Ship to keep it safe.
The intention is to remain in our current anchorage overnight.