Currently located 24nm to the SE of Tenerife sailing under a full press of sail and enjoying moderate 15kt NNE winds with nil swell. Our current speed is 5.5kts and the temperature is 22 degrees.
Welcome to day 28 of our voyage
Welcome to day 28 of our voyage. Well we have now departed Tenerife following a most enjoyable and relaxing five day visit. From the stories that I’m hearing I think that all of our World Voyagers managed to see most of the Island and enjoyed many different and exciting activities.
During our stay we had a short visit from the Australian Ambassador to Spain who co-hosted a reception onboard for a number of local government and military representatives who thoroughly enjoyed the evening and loved meeting our World Voyage Crew who again proved that they are great ambassadors for Young Endeavour and Australia.
Since departing Tenerife and the Port of Santa Cruz we have been under sail and have experienced all different conditions from light winds to rain squalls to now perfect 15-17kt north easterly trade winds. These conditions have kept the crew busy with plenty of climbing and changes to our sail plan.
Currently we are located 24nm to the SE of Punta Rasca (most southern point of Tenerife) sailing under a full press of sail and despite having some low cloud cover we can still see both the spectacular islands of Tenerife and Grand Canaria. As mentioned in tonight’s log given the current forecast it is our intention to remain approximately 100nm of the West African Coast during the majority of our passage to Mindelo so that we can advantage of the favourable winds.
Volunteering to write tonight’s log are Talbot and Keely from our new White Watch, please enjoy!
Until tomorrow, take care
PS A special thank you to our Spanish Navy Liaison Officer, Ships Agent ‘Joseph’ and CPO Samantha Robson who all provided us with fantastic support throughout our stay in Tenerife ensuring this was another highly successful visit
Captains Log – 18th September 2015
We are back on the water, leaving Tenerife behind as we sail for the Cape Verde Islands. From all accounts, everyone had an eventful time in port, with many memories made, some lost and a taste of Spanish island life had.
Some ventured up the volcano that rises from the ocean to roughly 3700m, sitting there above the clouds looking over the Canary Archipelago. As you can imagine the view was breathtaking, partly due to the altitude as well as the incredible landscape that disappeared steeply beneath you.
Others explored the coastline and the offerings of small towns and their tapas bars. Some even ventured to the acclaimed water park where you could push through hordes of pasty English children to fly down slippery dips that travel through an aquarium, with sharks.
In Tenerife we also underwent a shake up on the ship, as we bid farewell to two staffies, welcomed more, swapped watches, berths and the odd scented mattress. For the staffies, we bid farewell to Kerrin and our Watch Leader Tug, both of whom completed their sections of the world voyage (giddy up). As we are sad to see our friends leave, we are also excited to welcome Keely and Evan, two staff crew joining us all the way to Rio.
At 7 days, it is a relatively short passage to Cape Verde that will see us track closer to the African coastline in search of favourable winds.
We are happy to be back at sea, doing what we are getting surprisingly good at, sailing this beautiful 44m Brigantine. We have also come up to the halfway point in the voyage, or close enough to it for it to feel significant.
Much love to all our families and friends,
Talbot and Keely
Talbot: Enjoy Paris! And everything that is to come. Wishing you all well.
Gilly: Happy Birthday to my cousin Kate! I hope you have a good day and I’ll see you when I get back!