Distance run in the last 24hrs; 144.4NM
Average speed; 6.01KN
After the buoys have been deployed, Endeavour keeps her speed on average 6-7 knots which is incredible as this is the fastest I have seen her sail for such a long duration. Just after midday we approach the channel for the second three mile entrance. Before us and on either side is the reef, we can see the waves pummelling and smashing on the reef with such almighty force. Although the entrance is three miles wide to see such breakers puts us all on edge. Everyone quietly watches the forces of nature and the feeling of respect of the strength of the sea and wind combined. It is a scene that will stay with me for a long time. Once through the reef the swell eases however the navigation is still very taxing, as there are still many concealed shoals in these waters.
Although the swell decreases the winds are still blowing 20-25 knots, keeping Endeavour sailing at a very healthy speed of 7 knots. After last night there are many blurry eyed crew members, as the mild gentle rock to sleep had become quite a pronounced roll, something that many of us haven’t experienced in a long time. In light of the sleep deprived crew the afternoon is kept with basic maintenance while others catch up on the precious sleep.
On deck tonight the Topman Kyle and cook’s mate Eddie provide us with some light hearted sea shanties which is welcomed by the tired and weary, as some light entertainment.
We wake to overcast skies and the fresh wind is still prevalent. The overcast skies clear around 1030 and the scenery is sparse, as we sail close to the coast. It appears mainly as low lands with white sand dunes. The sea bottom must be sand, as when the sun comes out and hits the sea, the colour is a beautiful, tropical turquois. Even with just the one sail set, the Fore topsail we are still steaming along at 6 knots.