Currently located 20nm to the NE of Cape Farewell and experiencing light-moderate NW winds with a .5m swell. Current temperature is 15 degrees.
Welcome to day 7 of our voyage. As forecast the wind continued to moderate overnight and this morning we awoke to the calmest day of the voyage with the wind north westerly at 15-20kts and the swell down to less than a metre.
As per yesterday this has enabled us to continue with our daily program which has included tacking the ship twice, giving instruction on how to set the Storm Jib, Rope Races, another Sail Theory presentation and a quick de-rust wash of the upper deck. A pretty full day!!
On top of this Taffy our resident Bosun and Physical Training Instructor ran a Young Endeavour PT Circuit so that those that needed to could burn of those extra calories which we have all been gaining from Chef Aaron’s fantastic meals.
To finish of today’s busy schedule we all mustered at midships to celebrate Philip (Henry) Siems 21st Birthday with a wonderful banana birthday cake that had been baked specially for the occasion by Crew Member Grace Collins.
Dinner this evening was PIZZA!! All different varieties and all extremely tasty!!
The time is now 2030 (NZ time) and we are located 20nm to the NE of Cape Farewell (North Western Point of NZ South Island) motor sailing in light – moderate NW winds. At current speed we will enter Cook Strait at 0500 tomorrow morning and still achieve our planned berthing time of 1000 tomorrow at Queens Wharf Wellington.
The past seven days crossing the Tasman Sea has tested both Ship and Crew and I am extremely happy with both. Given the efforts that everyone has put in since joining Young Endeavour just one week ago it will be good to give everyone a well earned 24hr break in Wellington prior to the commencement of our passage to South America.
Late Mail: Due to strong head winds transiting through Cook Strait our ETA alongside Wellington is now 1300
Until my next Log, take care.