Thursday, 22 April 2010
Noon position Lat 33º48.2’S Long 151º24’E
En route to Port Jackson
Day’s run 87nm
We hugged the coast making our way under ‘iron stays’ls’ (our motors) northward. The majority of voyage crew were using their spare time to catch up on some lost sleep and the afternoon found most of the sea chests being used as makeshift beds with some voyage crew even sprawled in the sun on deck.
Those on watch were lucky enough to spot even more wildlife with a school of flying fish on the run from a pursuing fin, though it remains unconfirmed what the fin may have belonged to. We were even joined by at least five dolphins that spot the ship and make their way over to frolic in our bow wave.
As the sun sunk below the horizon, the voyage crew prepared for their night watches. They were treated to a beautiful view of the twinkling lights on the coast with the moon hanging low and bright in the sky. There was little to be done whilst motoring, just manning the helm and lookouts, doing safety rounds and avoiding the numerous bulk carriers making their way to and from Port Kembla. It’s a much quieter night.
As the morning wears on there is yet again another round of ‘Happy Hour’ (cleaning stations) as there is every morning but today just as we are packing up there is a cry of “bucket overboard”, the handle is left grasped in the hand of a voyage crew as the bucket bobs in the water. The ship is hove-to and as the rescue boat is launched our rescue boat team of Nick and Tom get ready. Steward Kat is hastily called with the ship’s camera and they set off in the rescue boat with dual missions! With the ship hove-to it is a great opportunity to get some photographs of Endeavour with her sails set and as Nick grabs the stray bucket from the water in dramatic ‘Baywatch’ style we are able to get some great shots of the ship.
We get back under way but are becalmed waiting for the afternoon sea breeze which gives navigator Dave the perfect opportunity to give a lecture on the use of sextants and teach our voyage crew to take noon sightings. Dave even calculates our position to within 0.3nm of our location on the GPS from one of his sights. He really does know where we’re going!
We can see the sheer cliffs of the rocky coastline approaching and as we head towards Port Jackson there are more dolphins spotted, this time off the port beam.
Our motors aren’t engaged until after we have crossed line zulu (the official entrance to Port Jackson) we have sailed into the harbour! It is then a race with all hands to get the sails furled before we are alongside at the museum. There are voyage crew clambering down from aloft as we turn into Darling Harbour but they are back on deck in time before the lines are thrown ashore!
Our voyage crew depart after showing their loved ones through the ship that has been their home for the last six days and there are smiles and handshakes all round.