Wind 220 / 35 knots, Sea state 4, Swell 2.0 metres from the south, Temp: 12 deg C and overcast with passing showers
Welcome to Day 2 of the voyage. Following a well-deserved and much needed night’s rest the returnees awoke to a drizzly, overcast morning as the Ship commenced the transit through Mercury Passage, between Maria Island and mainland Tasmania. After one of Haydo’s hearty breakfasts, and the first session of Happy Hour for the voyage, the crew anchored the Ship in the shelter of Spring Cove.
The ship’s RHIB was put in the water and Watch Officer Jen began ferrying the crew ashore to Triabunna for a leg-stretch and a cup of coffee. Wet weather gear was the order of the day as the grey, drizzly conditions persisted.
The last boat returned at 1430, we weighed anchor at 1500 and retraced our tracks out of Spring Cove and, leaving Cp Bougainville to port, we resumed our passage northwards along the Tassie east coast.
By 1800 the SE winds had freshened to 30 knots and we were making good 10 knots boat speed under sail. By 2200 the wind was a steady 35 knots, gusting to 40 kn and it was necessary to hand-in some sail to ensure we did not over-load any of the sails. First we furled the number 3 Jib and next the Mainsail was brailed. In these conditions we were able to make good 7 knots with the Fore and Main staysails only set.