Currently located 1340nm NE of Rio sailing close hauled under fore and aft sail in moderate to strong 15 to 20kt ESE winds with a 1m SE swell. Our current speed is 6.2kts and the temperature is 21 degrees.
Welcome to day 49 of our voyage
Welcome to day 49 of our voyage. Today saw a change to our normal program with guest Sail Master Amy deciding to keep things interesting and everyone on their toes she would reverse the sequent of events for the day including breakfast served at dinner and the timings of all other activities changed around. I have to admit that I was a little sceptical on how this was going to work but as with many things onboard Young Endeavour I just accept it with an open mind. The reality is that it worked quite well with only a little confusion and that is because so many of us are very set in our ways.
The winds continue to remain favourable and we are still enjoying the wonderful sailing that this passage is providing. We even reduced a little of our upper sail this morning so that we could make life a little more pleasant for the chefs which they were most appreciative of. It was originally our intent to change to our No 1 Jib (Drifter) today but as fait would have it the wind was to strong so we have put that off until we get some lighter conditions.
Despite it being Saturday tomorrow we have decided to run a Sunday Routine so that we can give everyone a bit of a sleep in and let them enjoy a day without any organised activities which has really been a rarity throughout this voyage.
Volunteering to write tonight’s Captains Log is Rowan and Caitlin, please enjoy!
Until tomorrow, take care
Captains Log 151009
“Breakfast at 1700?” was the question on everyone’s minds, as we settled down to our evening meal of bacon, eggs, and cereal. Today our illustrious Sail Master (Amy) decided to mix it all up a little, and so our schedule was in a shambles. We had dinner for lunch, we did our morning clean in the afternoon, and now the icing on the cake was breakfast for dinner! In this schedule, however, we managed to squeeze in “Awesome work outs with Amy”, movie time, a full day of sailing, and “Shaun’s fun time with Steve and Rudy”.
The mood on board is companionable, with everyone getting along well, and the days have settled into a routine, with a lot of on-deck reading, sunbathing, and sleeping going on. We had our first contact in days today, and it conformed to the old adage of “it never rains but it pours”, with two ships sighted within minutes of each other. This was followed by yet another picture perfect sunset (beginning to get used to these now).
The winds have been steady and perfect for sailing for the last couple of days, with a good 15-25kts, allowing us to steer full-and-by 60 fairly consistently. We have had blue skies, sunshine, and temps in the mid to high 20s, which has made an amazing change from either the biting cold off the French coast, or the stifling heat as we passed through the ITCZ (Doldrums).
Anyway, this entry has to be finalised now, as we have time constraints, so we are signing off, and will be in touch tomorrow.
As a special mention, Vita managed to do a celestial fix last night to within 0.8NM, absolutely obliterating the efforts of her poor suffering watch leader, the vintage Knuckle. She claims this may be due to Kenny getting past his prime, but his age cannot be verified due to the lack of carbon dating equipment on board. (Apparently she loves you really Kenny)
Log done by Rowan with assistance from Caitlin
Rowan: Hi everyone, I’m still missing home. Both happy to be here, and looking forward to getting home and sleeping in my own bed again (and genuinely excited about cooking in my own kitchen with a glass of Gimblett Gravels merlot cab sav in hand). I almost considered changing my flight home from Brazil to come home a couple of days earlier, but it doesn’t make sense. Still taking heaps of photos, and writing articles about the different legs of the trip, and writing emails more than daily (which you will get in a large batch as soon as I reach Rio). Love to you all, and I’ll talk to you in a couple of weeks. X
Rudy: Sorry for missing yesterdays log and telling you how my bday was; I was climbing aloft watching the sunset as ya do! I had such an amazing day filled with lots of love from my YE Family! A group of people made me an 8 minute pod cast on all the stuff I have told them over the journey and others created a photo slide holding different letters making up “Happy Birthday <3 Adzie” I felt very blessed and happy - so there was no need to worry! I haven’t read yesterdays log so not sure how much was said but it was an amazing day filled with dancing and lots of food, will fill you in once I hit Rio! Oh and 2 fellas brought French champagne all the way from France for my birthday which we had a small Birthday Toast! Thinking of you back home! Love you forever Brittney xx Also thanks to NTDCS for the beautiful card- Cant wait to come back!