HMB Endeavour: Sydney to Hobart Voyage, Day 3

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A blog series from on board the Endeavour ship as she sails to Tasmania. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Friday 30 January 2015

With the wind now at our back, we have cut the engines and are enjoying ‘champagne sailing’ back to Sydney. Everyone is appreciating the sunshine and the much calmer seas.

Back in Sydney Harbour, people take advantage of the glorious clear sky to indulge in some photography. We are also finally able to undertake our climbing training: up the shrouds and futtocks of the foremast, onto the fighting top and down the other side. It’s exhilarating to succeed in what many people experience as a significant challenge.  Then up the masts again, this time to lay on the yard and furl sails.

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Another excellent dinner, then out to sea to find the East Australian Current, and let it carry us down the NSW coast before heading across Bass Strait.

The night is magical – full of stars, despite quite a lot of light from a waxing moon that turns the aft deck to silver.  It’s awe inspiring to gaze up into the Milky Way, beyond the sweep of the mast, and imagine past sailors navigating by these stars.  Scorpio keeps the Foremast Watch company until it’s time to hit our hammocks shortly before dawn.

All’s well.

– Andrea Baldwin

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