HMB Endeavour: Sydney to Jervis Bay Voyage – Day Four

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Noon position Lat 35º07.8’S  Long 150º44.5’E
Jervis Bay, at anchor

Day’s run 91nm

After the excitement of our man overboard drill the afternoon quietened down and captain Ross gave our voyage crew a lecture on sail handling in the waist. However, everyone’s attention was soon on the fast approaching bulk carrier who had informed second mate Dirk over the radio that he would be passing ahead of us much closer than a little Whitby collier would like. The ship did pass nearby but not too close and it made for an interesting picture.

As Ross’ lecture drew to a close there was an announcement over the PA that dolphins had been sighted… but we soon found out that they were pilot whales in disguise! There was a group swimming off both our port and starboard beam and they stayed with us for quite sometime but never ventured too close to the ship.

The pace of the afternoon picked up once again. The decision had been made that we would motor overnight with only stays’ls set which meant we had quite a few sails to hand. All the watches helped out during the first dog watch (1600 – 1800hrs) and as dusk encroached the race to get the sails furled in the light was lost with four still left to be gasketed!

Furling the sprits'l at dusk

The moonlight twinkled on the ruffled surface of the water and the call was made for the idlers to help out with the furling. Boatswain Ross, carpenter Garry and yours truly – ship’s steward Kat – donned their harnesses and reported on deck. With the help of some ‘Foremastions’ they assisted Mainmast during the second dog watch (1800 – 2000hrs) to get the last of the sails handed and furled in the dark.

The night watches passed in much quieter fashion than the night before and as dawn broke clear and bright we could see the rocky coast of Jervis Bay. We are at anchor by 0830 and after another ‘super massive special duper’ brunch everyone prepared for some shore leave.

Coming into Jervis Bay

The water is crystal clear and the sand a perfect white…and as the first of our voyage crew are ferried ashore, the rest wait patiently on deck in anticipation of a swim, a bushwalk or even just a quiet lie down in the shade.

All’s well.