Currently we are at anchor at Phillip Island and enjoying moderate SSW winds with nil swell and the current temperature is 18 degrees.
Welcome to day seven of our voyage. Unfortunately the wind veered to the west overnight which meant motor sailing for a number of hours so that we could make ground towards Westernport Bay. By morning brief we were located 10nm to the south of Cape Paterson still motor sailing but expecting a forecast south westerly change.
Following another entertaining morning brief I conducted Captains Setting and Furling Drills and it was very pleasing to observe the high standards of all three watches as they successfully completed this important activity. During this activity the south westerly change came through making it a little more exciting for the Youth Crew as they set and furled sails in 20-25kt winds
Lunch followed then we went straight into the Captains Challenge which on this occasion was the setting of all three square sails in time for us to alter course to the northeast and sail into Westernport Bay. This was achieved in the required time and at 1330 we entered Westernport Bay sailing beautifully under three squares and achieving boat speeds of 8-9kts as we surfed down the large swell.
At 1445 we handed in all sail and came safely to anchor just of the Phillip Island township of Cowes. Once at anchor the Youth Crew were ferried ashore where they enjoyed their first taste of civilization for this voyage.
This evening we enjoyed another upper deck dinner and once finished I conducted my Command Day brief which was followed by Command Day elections.
The time is now 2030 and the elections are complete. We will remain at anchor overnight and tomorrow will hand the ship over to the Youth Crew for what will be a challenging 24hr Command Period.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.