V03/17 Geelong (VIC) to Hobart (TAS)
29 Jan - 08 Feb 2017
38 39 S
145 01 E
Currently located 10nm to the SE of Cape Schanck sailing under fore and aft sail and experiencing strong 20-25kt SW winds with a 2m SW swell. Our current speed is 7kts and the temperature is 16 degrees but feels about 12 degrees.
Hi Everyone, Welcome to day two of our voyage. The Youth Crew were awoken by a catchy Paul Simon song at 0630 this morning for their first Early Morning Activity (EMA) onboard Young Endeavour. A quick shower and breakfast followed then everyone mustered back on deck for safety aloft briefs and first climbs of the foremast. These climbs took just over three hours to complete but during this time all of the Youth Crew managed to safely make it to the topgallant yard (highest yard) which was a major achievement. Lunch followed then just before midday we weighed anchor and commenced our 18nm pilotage out of Port Phillip Bay via the Western Channel. During this pilotage the Youth Crew conducted sail setting and furling drills and consolidated deck safety procedures. At 1500 in light conditions we safely transited through the infamous Port Phillip Bay ‘Rip’ and entered an unusually calm Bass Strait. As forecast the wind strengthened to 20kts late this afternoon which enabled us to complete our first set of tacks as a crew which successfully completed all of today’s activities. The time is now 2000 and we are located 10nm to the south east of Cape Schanck sailing on a beam reach under fore and aft sail and making good a boat speed 7.0kts. Given the current forecast of strong south westerly winds we will make good speed across Bass Strait with the Youth Crew enjoying some exciting sailing. Until tomorrow evening, take care. Yours Aye Captain Gav