At anchor in Snug Cove - Wind: SW 15 kn, Weather: fine, Swell: nil, Temp: 13 deg. C
Ahoy there Shipmates,
Overnight the Ship continued motoring across Bass Strait During the middle watch the wind finally settled in a direction that allowed the Main and Fore Staysails to be set and during the morning watch the Jib and Mainsail were also set and the Ship resumed making good speed, motor-sailing at over 8 knots.
We were woken at 0700, had breakfast, morning brief at 0800 and then launched into the usual Happy Hour. The wind began to increase in strength and back which indicated we were being influenced by the forecast cold front associated with the low pressure system passing to the south of us. Due to the expected strength of the forecast winds it was necessary to hand-in all sail and it was decided to set the storm jib and storm tri-sail to make maximum benefit of the wind and expedite our passage across Bass Strait. This was a good experience for all crew as the Ship had not sailed under storm sails for some time.
The waves and swell built under the influence of the 45 knot winds, which were from the south west and on our port quarter. This made it challenging for the helmsmen trying to maintain a steady course and accordingly the Ship was yawing and pitching as the swells passed under us. This of course made moving around the Ship and working also challenging. Accordingly we gave the crew who were not on watch some free time which enabled those interested to catch the AFL grand final as we had TV reception approaching the VIC coast. Of course Haydo and his willing assistants soldiered-on in the challenging conditions to produce his usual exceptional standard of food for lunch and dinner.
At 2030 we anchored in Snug Cove, Twofold Bay and after Navigator Caitlin briefed the crew on anchor watch routines we settled in for the night in the sheltered anchorage, the Ship finally stable again after our Bass Strait experience.
The plan for tomorrow is to put the crew ashore mid-morning for a few hours for a leg stretch and to check out the Eden Whale Museum, returning onboard after lunch and then weigh anchor and continue our passage northwards.
Until tomorrow evening.