Currently sailing on a port beam reach under fore and aft sail and are experiencing moderate NNW winds with a 1m swell. Current temperature is 14 degrees.
Welcome to day 6 of our voyage. Overnight the wind continued at 20-30kts from the NNE which enabled us to maintain a boat speed of 8.5kts. The only problem with this is that we have now been on a port tack since day one of the voyage and those sleeping on the port side of the ship are getting a little tired of continually trying to stop themselves from falling out of their bunks. We do have lea cloths which help keep you in your bunk but 6 days on the one tack is a bit much!
The good news is that the wind has moderated today down to 15-20kts and the swell has dropped to 1m which is making it a lot more comfortable for everyone.
Given these improved conditions we have been able to progress with the program, firstly with a set of Rope Races, this activity teaches everyone were the many sheets, tacks, braces, halyards and different pieces of safety equipment are located and becomes extremely competitive between the three Watches and their Watch Leaders. Today was to close to call so I think that we will have to settle with a draw.
Late this afternoon I spent time with Red Watch imparting some of my knowledge on sailing and in particular the intricacies of sailing Young Endeavour. Throughout the voyage I will do this with all of the watches so that we can continue to develop their sailing and navigational skills.
With these improved conditions we have also seen the return of everyone’s appetites which has pleased the Chef. Preparing up to 120 meals a day, out of a relatively small galley, whilst heeling over at 15 degrees is never easy so you really do want the Crew to enjoy your food. You shouldn’t worry Aaron you are doing an amazing job.
The current time is 2000 (NZ time) and everyone have now settled into their watches for the night. Since departing Sydney we have now sailed 905nm with only just over 300nm to go until we reach Wellington.
Until tomorrow, take care