Currently anchored at Portland and enjoying light northerly winds with nil swell and the temperature is 19 degrees.
Welcome to day three of our voyage. Overnight and during the early hours of this morning we continued to make good speed and by sunrise we had passed Cape Otway and where now sailing along the Victorian Coast.
Morning Brief was as entertaining as ever and once completed it was straight into cleaning stations. As the morning progressed the wind freshened which allowed us to set the rest of our fore and aft sails and conduct our first set of tacks as a crew which meant that we were right back on track with our training program.
Lunch followed then after a short ‘siesta’ it was straight into a competitive round of ‘Rope Races’ which was closely followed by James presentation on navigation.
To complete the afternoon’s activities the Youth Crew proceeded aloft on the foremast to cast loose gaskets on the topsail and topgallant then in favourable conditions set both of these sails and enjoyed a couple of pleasant hours sailing under squares.
We had hoped to be able to continue to sail all way to anchor but regrettably the wind moderated to less than 5kts which meant the use of main engines. On the positive side just after handing in the majority of sail the cry of ‘Fish On’ was called and over the next 30 minutes James and Adam managed to land a huge Blue Fin Tuna which will feed the whole crew over the next couple of days.
Once this fish was landed we handed in the rest of sail then proceeded to anchor just to the east of the Portland Breakwater where we will remain until the worst of this forecasted cold front with gale force winds passes through this part of the of the Victorian Coast.
It has been a really great day and I am extremely pleased with the progress of the Youth Crew and how well the voyage is going. It was important for us to reach Portland this evening to avoid the bad weather but it will also give the Youth Crew a chance to get a good night’s sleep and recharge their batteries for the exciting days ahead.
Until tomorrow, take care