Distance run in the last 24hrs; 106.3
Average speed; 4.4KN
We slowly sail on in the afternoon but not making the speed that we need to, to arrive on time in Broome and so we know that this evening we will need to start the Iron Staysail again. Everyone makes the most of our last sail. Right the way through the afternoon we are constantly surrounded by Sperm Whales and their young who migrate here up into these waters in the winter from Antarctica. There is a bottle of rum for the person who can capture a photograph of a whale breeching, with an identifiable part of the ship in the shot. This keeps everyone very busy and poised constantly with their cameras. Unfortunately I don’t think anyone gets the winning shot although Bianca is close to getting it.
This evening we are hosting dinner in the Great Cabin for the supernumeraries and Captain Ross. It is a perfect setting outside the port holes as the sunset leaves a dramatic orange and pink in the sky well after the sun has gone down. Nigel and Eddie put on a special platter and feast which is greatly received.
Each watch has the opportunity to go up aloft and furl tonight which is a welcomed chance for many. The coastline is exposing more lights the further South we head and showing signs of civilization. The night is cool and the air is damp, something that we haven’t experienced for a long time.
In the morning there are many people up early on deck enjoying the last morning under way. There is the all too familiar beeping of mobile phones as people start to pick up a phone signal. Ross even holds up a sign to family as he has a text from them to say they can see him on the live webcam. We are now on our final approach heading down 80 mile beach to our final anchorage.