Day 7 – King Island
Welcome to day 7 of our voyage. Again it has been an action packed day with Demonstrational Tacks and Captains Setting and Furling Drills completed during our passage over from Hummock Island to King Island, in what I would class as perfect conditions.
Once safely at anchor in King Island’s Sea Elephant Bay we conducted Command Day elections followed by a sunset climb of the foremast before settling into anchor watches overnight ensuring that our young mariners are well rested for tomorrow’s Command Day. Please enjoy a full narrative of today’s activities written tonight by Jo from Red Watch.
Until Tomorrow, take care.
The past 24 hours have been some to remember. We started off the period with a movie called “Around Cape Horn” by Captain Irving Johnson. There is now a scholarship in his name for tall ship sailing around the globe. The movie was shown as it demonstrated the readiness of those previous generations of sailors to go around
the Cape in the wrong direction (east to west) rather than with the favourable trade winds of west to east.
The ship was one of the P Line style ship. 4 masts and something like 7 square sails to a mast. They were amazingly large ships carrying cargo all around the globe. We then went off to our racks, and for some of us (that’s me) got a pretty good sleep in. I was out of it until my 0530 anchor watch.
An anchor watch is normally 1.5 hours, but with the day how it is, the 0530 anchor watch finishes at 0630 with wakey wakey. Breakfast was a fare of pancakes with cream, fruit, jam and other condiments. We then upped the anchor started motoring in almost glassy seas from Three Hummock Island towards King island. A gentle zephr started to blow, the main staysail was unfurled, along with the forestaysail. At this time we also
braced the yards to starboard.
After some demonstrational tacks, where our esteemed Captain, Captain Gav, took the youthies through the process of tacking and wearing the ship at the helms position in groups of 3-6 people (1-2 from each watch) it starts with the sailmaster calling helms to lee, at which the helm puts 30 degrees of rudder on, then the mainsail is hauled to windward which unbalances the ship, pointing the nose into the wind. At the same time, the headsails are eased, to create less counter force to the mainsail.
Off turns is called, when most but not all youthies come down to half a turn of the belaying pins or cleats. The between mast staysails are let draw, which are the main staysail, topgallant staysail and the fisherman’s
staysail (if carried). The red watch then lets the braces out to green on the sheets, cause “GREEN IS GOOD” and “RED IS DEAD” then the blue watch takes up slack on the lee sheets. “ALL BRACES WELL” means to stop hauling on the braces, and just to take up slack.
Once the squares/braces have been set, all spare hands are called to the jib, where the most muscle is needed. Wearing (gybing) is very much similar to tacking but with a few less steps.
After the demonstrational tacks, we had lunch, which was chicken breast and Morrocan style lamb cutlets. There were wraps for those who preferred them.
After lunch it was time for our “Captains Setting and Furling” where each of the watches furled and or set our fore and aft sails (main staysail and forestaysail). The Captain’s Setting and Furling was started by red watch furling the main staysail. Carl called, I was heaving in on the furling line with one of our esteemed staff watch leaders Theresa. Kenny was the “dumb muscle” tailing after the belaying pin. Both Oli and Sari were checking away on the sheets. I can not remember who was on which one.
After furling the main staysail, Captain Gav gave us the rundown of what could have been better and what was amazing. It was all amazing.
We were then set to unfurl (or “set) the main staysail which saw Me of the lazy side heaving in. I’m pretty sure Oli was checking away on the furling line, and Sari along with some more dumb muscle was on the working side heaving in. All went smoothly with setting the main staysail. We did it in about 20 minutes or so, for both setting and furling, so the Wonderful Captain Gav got us to furl the forestaysail.
With this one, we had a slight malfunction of the winch, where the winch was no longer ratcheting. This just gave me no resistance when checking away on the sheet, and it also meant that the sheet wound up the
winch, making it wrap on top of itself – effectively creating a clove hitch. Even with this slight mishap, we got the forestaysail furled and completed the task, earning us a packet of TimTams. The other watches then completed a very similar set of sail changes, but I do not know which they did as I was down below eating TimTams!
After everyone had finished Captain’s Setting and Furling, we had almost arrived at King Island, where we anchored for the night in Sea Elephant Bay. No elephant seals seen yet.
We had a lovely dinner cooked by our illustrious Chef Jarod – blue dory, rib eye steaks, chicken something and vegetarian nachos. I tried both the rib eye and the nachos, and both got a 10 star review.
After dinner, we had to decide on positions for Command Day. We have Soph as Captain, Carl as sail master, Sam as navigusser, and Willy G and Niamh as Watch Leaders.
This Captains log is coming out a bit late as I went for an almost sunset climb up both the main mast and the
foremast when I definitely did not have time to do that.
As I am writing this I am hearing the Watch Leaders of the youthies stitch me up with the anchor watch, purely as I have had two nice ones before. (Best was this mornings, as Kenny let me off after only half an hour 0530-0600).
This Captain’s Log brought to you in story book fashion from the wonderful Jo of Red Watch.
(Due to a system glitch – Position: LAT 39 54.8 S / LON 144 07.5 E; Conditions: Currently at anchor in Sea Elephant Bay and enjoying moderate 8-12 SSW winds with a .5m southerly swell.
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Currently at anchor in Sea Elephant Bay and enjoying moderate 8-12 SSW winds with a .5m southerly swell.
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