V17/16 Broome (WA) to Exmouth (WA)
03 Oct - 13 Oct 2016
23 00 S
113 27 E
Currently located 100nm to the north of Shark Bay and experiencing very strong SSW winds with a 2-3m SW swell. Our current speed is 7kts and the temperature is 18 degrees.
Hi Everyone, Welcome to Day 3 of our voyage. During the early hours of this morning the conditions deteriorated with wind gusts of 20-30kts and an unpleasant 2-3m swell which quickly brought on bouts of seasickness in the majority of the Youth Crew. Following morning brief we wore ship (put the stern of the ship through the wind) and closed the coast hoping that we could get out of the worst of the swell and attract some favourable winds. This was successful for a number of hours but to make ground to the south we had to tack again and head back out to sea. Given the poor weather conditions we cancelled all planned activities for the day and just got the Youth Crew to keep their watches and be on call to tack/wear ship as required. By sunset this evening we were located 100nm to the entry to Shark Bay now having to motor sail due to strong headwinds and the requirements for us to be in Shark Bay on Friday for the commencement of the Dirk Hartog celebrations. Despite the bad weather spirits are still high with most getting over their seasickness and enjoying the challenges of sailing Young Endeavour in these strong conditions. Until tomorrow evening, take care Yours Aye Captain Gav