V01/17 Adelaide (SA) to Stanley (TAS)
02 Jan - 12 Jan 2017
37 56 S
140 17 E
Currently located 70nm to the WNW of Portland and experiencing moderate to strong ESE winds with a 1m SE swell. Out current speed is 6kts and the temperature is 20 degrees.
Hi Everyone, Welcome to day five of our voyage. The Youth Crew were awoken from their deep slumber by some more of Horto’s not so popular country music at 0700 this morning. Given the warm weather we started the morning with a refreshing swim which was followed by an alfresco BBQ breakfast. At 0900 that morning we weighed anchor and conducted a ‘text book’ sail from anchor which must have impressed the many spectator vessels that had come out from Rope to witness our departure. Once clear of our anchorage the ship was called to tacking stations and within the confines of Guichen Bay we completed a good set of rotational tacks. Once finished we alter course to the south east, gave the Youth Crew a demonstration on how to set a square sail then in light conditions continued our passage along the South Australian Coast. This afternoon I conducted my presentation on sail theory which was followed by an interactive brief on Rules of the Road given by Martin our Boats Officer. While this was occurring the other members of the Staff Crew took the opportunity to set the gaff topsail and fisherman staysail as part of their continuation training. Overnight all of the watches will undertake the BEAREX (teambuilding, communication and initiative exercise) as we continue to make good speed towards King Island. It has been an extremely productive day with all of the planned activities achieved and not a sign of any seasickness from anyone. Currently we are located 70nm to the WNW of Portland motor sailing in moderate ESE conditions with the forecast being for the wind to back to the north overnight which should give us some good sailing. Until tomorrow evening, take care. Yours Aye Captain Gav