Day 6 Exmouth – Geraldton

Navigation lecture

Latitude; 24°16.2’S

Longitude; 113°08.4’E

Distance run in the last 24hrs; 97.3NM

Average speed; 4.05KN

After lunch Captain Ross gives a talk and demonstration of how to use the sextant and traditional ways to navigate. Most of the crew have a go and try to gets to grips with taking a sight and are keen to learn the traditional way. The sextant isn’t a new instrument to some of the crew as it comes to light that Fairlie has had previous experience when she sailed from the West Indies to Australia forty years ago on a 31ft yacht. But Fairlie isn’t the only voyage crew who started life out in Australia after sailing a great distance to be here. Ted and four of his friends from school and university in Canada invested in a 40ft Dorey, after they had finished studying to sail the world. Ted said that he made it to Fiji on that yacht where he then jumped ship on to another yacht and sailed to Australia which is where he has called home since arriving again forty years ago.

After the lecture it is time to bend on the newly repaired sprit’sl, which takes several hands to carefully navigate out on to the yard. Once the sail is out and even Aaron, Nicholas, Danielle, Ashley and John climb out on to the yard to help bend on the sail, which means to attach the sail back on to the yard and the lines. They do a superb job as the ship is still quite heavily bouncing and you feel it all the more on the bow.

Bending the sail back on to the yard

As I am sitting in the dry store late afternoon, the sound of an array of musical instruments is coming from the 18th century and so I go and investigate. There are three ukuleles being played by Bouncy, John & Rebecca, a guitar being played by Cindy, homemade shaker being played by Nicholas and everybody on vocals. I think that these guys are going to give a splendid performance for Sod’s Opera.

At 0300 a brave member of the Mizzen watch, Aaron goes out on to the bow sprit to help Lucy furl the staysail. By now the wind has picked up and not only are they getting soaked by the spray but Aaron even manages to catch Lucy’s hat as a gust of wind blows it off her head.

Coming on deck this morning there is a distinct amount of clouds in the sky and the deck is wet from a rain shower, woolly hats and thick wet weather gear is being worn. After having spent five months in the tropical sunshine, we have now officially crossed the line of the tropic of Capricorn at 23’26.16 latitude and have left the tropics.

All’s well.

Music session


3 thoughts on “Day 6 Exmouth – Geraldton

  1. Great photos and so wonderful to see such a big smile on Aaron’s face, presumably before he got drenched!
    Any 18th C traditions about crossing the Tropic of Capricorn observed?
    Would love to hear the singing. Byron and Aaron both have great bass voices, although I’m not sure about their sea shanty repertoire.
    Stay well. Kirsten and Rohan

  2. Greetings Captain Ross and all aboard. Welcome back to the temperate latitudes; although you are starting to feel the extra bite in the air my take on the current weather charts indicates that you are not in for anything too severe for now; you are far enough north to avoid most passing cold fronts.

    I am so looking forward to joining you in Hobart, even though that’s still a long way off. I’d love to catch up somewhere before then too, but don’t know if that will work out.

    Cheers all!

  3. Dear All,

    Hope you have a clear sky – watch out for satellite bits falling to earth! 😮
    You could get a good show! Is there a ‘satellite watch’ onboard? 😛

    Big temperature drop from Exmouth to Geraldton – shame you have to rug up.
    Enjoying reading your uodates!
    Fair winds & following seas,
    Debbie P

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