Currently located 200nm to the SE of the Chatham Islands and are experiencing light SW winds with a 1.5m SW swell. Current temperature is 15 degrees.
Welcome to day 13 of our voyage. As we passed through the International Date Line last night we are now repeating Friday all over again. The good news is that it gives us an extra day of sailing time to reach South America and given the unusually light conditions that we have experienced over the past 30hrs we may need it.
It is strange to think that here we are sitting in the middle of the ‘Roaring Forties’ and now having to motor sail due to lack of wind. That said I am sure that it won’t last and looking at the updated weather forecast we should start to see some stronger conditions within the next 24-48hrs. Our resident Meteorologist Paige also assures me that stronger winds are on the way.
Today has been a normal day on Young Endeavour with the exception being that Jodie our resident Information Systems and Communications Specialist got Blue Watch to rig her Dress Ship Flags and then after seeing that they all fitted got Red Watch to take them down again. This has been a long term project for Jodie and we could all see how really pleased she is to finally have a full set of these flags for YE.
Also today we commenced screening nautical themed movies and television series in the ships café during their down-time. Today we introduced them to the series ‘Hornblower’ which was a favourite ABC series a number of years ago and tells the story and adventures of Midshipman Horatio Hornblower who served in the Royal Navy back in the Napoleonic Wars. Even though this is fiction it still shows the Crew what it was like to serve on a Square Rigged Sailing Ship back in those days.
The time is now 2000 on Friday 2nd January and as per normal we have just settled into watches overnight. We are currently located 200nm from the Chatham Islands motor sailing on a broad starboard under a reduced sail plan.
Until tomorrow, take care