Distance run in the last 24hrs; 126.4NM
Average speed; 5.2KN
Last voyage we were supposed to deploy two weather buoy’s but unfortunately one of the buoys trackers appeared to be faulty. We ended up only releasing one of the buoys that we named ‘Investigator‘ until we had confirmation that the other buoys transceiver was working correctly. During our stay in Geraldton we had the necessary confirmation to say that BOM (Bureau Of Meteorology,) were now receiving the transmission from the buoy and that when we depart Geraldton we can now release it into the Leeuwin current. Today is the day that this will happen, however firstly we need to think of a suitable name for our last buoy. We run a competition to see once again who can come up with the best, suitable name, the winner of which will be announced later.
At 1400 it is all professional crews’ hands to maintenance and any voyage crew that are interested in helping. This voyage we are concentrating on cosmetic maintenance, as we want the ship to look her best when coming back into her home port. She is in very fine form, but just requires a bit of painting, cleaning and polishing. On our arrival into Geraldton we received some beautiful hand stitched canvas covers for the life rafts, made by a very talented sail maker, Brian Peters. These sail covers need a good coat of riggers black on them to waterproof them and protect them from premature weathering. Peter kindly volunteers himself for this messy job. Larissa, Vicki and a number of people from Mizzenmast start to rid the channels of tar, which has dripped down from the rigging. It is a job that requires a lot of elbow grease as the tar has hardened with the sun.
At 1700 there is an announcement made to say that the winner of the name the buoy competition is Fran and the buoy being named Dirk Hartog. Which is a fantastic name with not only the historic aspect but because our own Chief Officer, Dirk has put a lot of work and dedication into being able to help make the ship a buoy deployment vessel and participate in crucial meteorological studies. At 2130 there is the call for anyone interested to come on deck and watch the buoy being deployed. Fran says a few words before the buoy is gently pushed over the side at the correct co-ordinates.
Shortly after the buoy is deployed the ship starts to roll a bit and it is not too long before the ship is rolling quite considerably. It is not rough but just a big swell making it hard to manoeuvre around. In the morning there are many blurry eyed crew and unfortunately a few suffering from sea sickness. The weather is beautiful and it is not long before the smiles start to return on some faces.