The time is now 2030 and we are currently located 20nm to the SW of Cape Nelson sailing close hauled under fore and aft sail in strong 20-24kt SW winds with a 4m SW swell. Our speed is 6kts and the temperature is 16 degrees.
Welcome to day five of our voyage. As forecast the wind finally moderated to 15-20kts during the early hours of this morning.
Given these improved conditions we weighed anchor at 0900 conducting a well executed sail from anchor then proceeded out into Portland Bay where we brought the ship under fore and aft sail and in perfect conditions completed a good set of rotational tacks.
Once completed I gave the Youth Crew a short break before getting them all back to midships and giving them my presentation whilst we were still in the relatively sheltered confines of Portland Bay.
By early afternoon we had cleared Cape Nelson and were back in the Southern Ocean tackling a large 4m swell and 20-30kt westerly winds. Given these rough conditions we stood the Youth Crew down for the afternoon whilst we awaited the forecasted south westerly change
Thankfully this change occurred a 1900 this evening so the ship was called to tacking stations and we altered course to the northwest and in strong conditions are now making best speed to Kangaroo Island which at this time is still 230nm away.
Overnight all of the watches will complete the Bearex (Teamwork & Communication Exercise) as we continue to make good speed under sail along the Victorian/South Australian Coast.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.