V20/16 Esperance (WA) to Adelaide (SA)
11 Dec - 22 Dec 2016
34 03 S
122 12 E
Currently located 25nm to the SE of Esperance and experiencing moderate 14-16kt southerly winds with a 1m SW swell. Our current speed is 6kts and the temperature is 15 degrees.
Welcome to Day 2 of our Voyage. It was a cold and wet morning that greeted a well rested Youth Crew this morning. Following an Early Morning Activity (EMA) and breakfast we conducted a short morning brief then went straight into Evan the Sail Masters harness and safety aloft brief which was followed by first climbs. This activity took us right through to lunch with everyone successfully making it to the topgallant yard which was extremely pleasing given the wet conditions. Following lunch the Youth Crew spent some time with their Watch Leaders going through some deck safety then at 1400 we weighed anchor and once clear of Cull Island commenced sail setting and furling drills and deck safety in the confines of Esperance Bay. By late afternoon the wind had freshened to 18-20kts which gave us perfect conditions to complete our first set of tacks as a crew. With this activity successfully competed we altered course to the south rounded Cape Le Grand then shaped a course to the east and are now transiting through the spectacular Recherche Archipelago. This evening being the first night at sea the Youth Crew will now settle into the sea routine of watches and commence learning a number of new mariner skills. Despite the inclement weather it really has been a good day and I am really pleased with the efforts put in by our new crew. It is our intention to continue with our transit through the Recherche Archipelago overnight and anchor at Middle Island early tomorrow morning so that we can ferry the Youth Crew ashore to explore some of this remote Island and to visit the famous ‘Pink Lake’ Until tomorrow evening, take care. Yours Aye Captain Gav