Day 6 Sydney – Brisbane

David & Ali flaking the line ready to lose sail

Latitude; 32°53.5 S

Longitude; 153°17.5 E

Distance run in the last 24 hours; 103.6 NM (still in the wrong direction)

Average speed; 4.03 knots

After a busy morning of waring ship and a Man overboard drills the afternoon brings further excitement. After lunch a group of FA18’s air force craft give us an incredible display of dogfighting and high speed aerobatics. The crafts were training and we were very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to watch this splendid display. Now, going back to being in the right place at the right time, technically we are far from it. We are still not making forward progress due to the North easterly wind direction.

After dinner the news is that all hands are going to be called to wear ship shortly so everyone waits tentatively in their harnesses for the call. The all hands call gets stood down, but at 1930 the Foremast very capably wear ship.

It is a very mild, beautiful calm night so Kasey keeps her watched entertained with some guitar playing and singing on the quarterdeck under the moonlight and stars. As the night draws on the wind and swell increases slightly and there are a few small squalls. The GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress Safety System) sounds at 0200 and a distress come’s in that there is a man overboard. The vessel sounding the alarm is a good distance away from Endeavour but it is still crucial that the lookout on watch is notified to keep an extra vigilant
lookout for anything. At 0645 the Foremast wear ship again. The idea is to try and get the ship in the best position as possible for the forecasted winds and try to avoid the Eastern Australia current.  Despite our setback everyone is in high spirits and enjoying the sailing and sunshine.

All hands called again just before lunch as there is weather approaching. Just as we start to hand sail, off the Port side there is a water spout* forming. Shortly there are several water spouts forming around us. We rush to close all the hatches and storm proof the ship, making everything secure. All sails were handed quickly and stowed. Even the engine was started to get us out of the path of the water spouts sharpish. Then the heavy rain hits, the showers own last a few minutes but there looks as though there is more weather on the horizon.

*Water spouts – Water spouts are a type of mini tornado and form over water initially due to warm temperatures in the lower atmosphere along with high humidity

All’s Well.

Water spout fast approaching

Three water spouts on the horizon

One thought on “Day 6 Sydney – Brisbane

  1. This sounds like a memorable day where a rare experience comes along. Wish I was there.

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