Currently located 18nm to the NE of Beadon Bay and experiencing strong 18-22kt SSW winds with a .5-1m SW swell. Our current speed is 6kts and the temperature is 18 degrees.
Welcome to day seven of our voyage. The strong south westerly winds continued overnight and during the early hours of this morning. With these conditions came a large swell which brought on the first bouts of seasickness for the voyage.
As the morning progressed the wind backed to the SSW which now meant that we had to beat upwind tacking every 2hrs to gain ground to the south. During each one of these tacks we brought a number of the Youth Crew to the bridge so that I could talk them through how to tack/wear the ship which was a way of conducting demonstrational tacks over a longer period of time.
Also this morning between these tacks we took the opportunity to conduct mid voyage chats which enabled the Watch Leaders to sit down with their watches and assess how the voyage is going.
This afternoon the wind moderated to 15-20kts and the swell dropped off to less than 1m which quickly cured signs of seasickness. Given these improved conditions I took the opportunity to take all three watches through Captains Setting and Furling Drills then early this evening we held the Command Day Brief followed by Command Team elections.
With these activities completed we are now heading for Beadon Bay where we expect to anchor just to the north east of the coastal town of Onslow at 2300 this evening. Once at anchor we revert to anchor watches overnight ensuring that the Youth Crew are well rested for tomorrows Command Day.
Until tomorrow, take care.