Day 5 Thursday Island – Darwin

 

wearing ship

 

Latitude; 11°52.5’S

Longitude; 138°28.4’E

Distance run in the last 24hrs; 91.4NM

Average speed; 3.8KN

After lunch the Foremast have an arduous task of removing the much tarred anchor cable and replacing it with a different less tarred cable. The current cable has been on since we left Sydney; it has destroyed many of the crew’s pristine designer clothes and white sneakers over the previous voyages. It has been as slippery to grip as a wet bar of soap. Every time the call has come, ‘to take the weight on the anchor cable,’ you have had to dig your nails in just to get a good grip. It has coated the deck in stickiness gung and been scraped time after time, voyage after voyage. We rejoice at the new cable and embrace the cleaner way of ship life.

After the cable has been laid out on deck it is time to call all hands on deck and get everybody in their bracing stations to wear ship. This is the first time for the crew to wear ship and everybody stands by. Thecrew have an understanding of what we are doing, but once we wear ship it is as if a penny drops and the crew can visually understand what we have just done in
order to get the ship facing a different way and sailing a different course. We wear ship again for the second time and trim the sails.

In the afternoon there is a call for us on the radio from a customs and immigration aircraft, they have picked us up on the AIS (automatic identification system) and check in to find out what type of vessel we are, where the ship is registered, our last visited port and finally our destination. It is a standard routine procedure, but we are oblivious to how close they might be as the sky is overcast and we have heard no aircraft in the vicinity.

For the first time this voyage the night sky has poor visibility much to our dismay. However as the evening proceeds the sky visibility improves and it is not long until we are counting satellites and shooting stars. We also hear what sounds to be an aircraft engine, but we can’t see any sign of plane.

Happy hour

The morning brings us a delicious continental breakfast of Danish pastries and freshly brewed coffee, which sets us up for a good day. The sun is back, but it is hazy creating a welcomed coolness. The aim today is to set as much sail as we can, as the wind conditions are perfect. By then end of the morning meeting we are well on the way as the spritsl’s are set and the
Foremast are aloft unfurling the Fore Topgallant.

Today was brought to you by the word Lot’sail

All’s well

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2 thoughts on “Day 5 Thursday Island – Darwin

  1. Nice to know you’re alle doing well.

    Inspired by my voyage on the Endeavour in May I decided to learn to sail.
    I got my Basic Keelboat certification Saturday 23th and what better place to learn it than in the San Francisco Bay, California.

    Wish you all the best. Miss you.

    Sanne
    “The Happy Dane” – Foremast crew Brisbane to Gladstone

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