Currently located 10nm to the SW of Cape Dombey and experiencing moderate SE winds with a .5m swell. Current temperature is a pleasant 20 degrees.
Welcome to Day 6 of our voyage. By sunrise this morning we were located 15nm to the south east of Rivoli Bay sailing downwind under all three squares and enjoying a pleasant 15kt south easterly.
At 0800 all sail was handed in and we entered Rivoli Bay coming safely to anchor just to the west of the picturesque small fishing township of Southend. Once at anchor the Youth Crew were ferried ashore where they sat down with their respective Watch Leaders and completed mid voyage talks followed by a quick visit to the local store.
Whilst this was occurring I hosted a journalist from the South Eastern Times onboard who conducted an interview and took some photographs of the ship for the following week’s edition of this local newspaper.
By 1200 everyone was back onboard and following lunch we weighed anchor and departed Rivoli Bay.
This afternoon after navigating our way through a ‘mine field’ of crayfish buoys I completed my presentation on sail theory which was followed by a good set of demonstrational tacks. This activity gives the Youth Crew the opportunity to come to the bridge and observe the orders and procedures which occur when we tack the ship (alter course, putting the bow of the ship through the wind).
Overnight we will remain at sea and the Youth Crew will continue to fine tune their navigation and sailing skills in preparation for tomorrows Captains setting and furling drills and Captains challenge.
The time is now 2030 and we are currently located 10nm to the south west of Cape Dombey (located close to the township of Robe) sailing downwind under all three squares and making good speed towards the Backstairs Passage and our next planned anchorage which at this time is Kangaroo Island.
Until tomorrow, take care.