Day 3 Geraldton – Fremantle

Lee and Chelsea whale watching

Latitude; 28°37.4’S

Longitude; 114°10.5’E

Distance run in the last 24hrs; 58NM

Average speed; 2.4KN

The afternoon is spent enjoying the sailing; we carry on
seeing whales within feet of the ship, throughout the afternoon. For the
professional crew it is something that is becoming a familiar sight, but it is
still special to watch the new crew experiencing the whales breeching for the
first time.  The weather is beautiful and
warm, with light winds easing the new crew into a gentle swell and motion. The
wind has been perfect to get us clear of Geraldton however once again we find
ourselves sailing north not south.

At 0000 on the change of the Main and Mizzenmast watch it is
time to wear ship and make our way back south. Mainmast has started to prepare
the ship for wearing, by bracing the main and the crow jack yard square. Whilst
wearing ship one of the sprits’l sheets get caught but thankfully with Julie’s perseverance
she manages to flick the sheet free in the dark. Margret and Fran the repeat
offenders, get reacquainted with the *truss tackles after struggling to remember
their purpose and Kate and Lee do a fantastic job on the helm during the whole


In the morning I arrive on deck as Foremast are out furling
the main sprits’l. It looks as though it is going to be another beautiful day
as the sun is already rising. The routine is back to normal this morning and
the crew get to experience their first happy hour. One person from Mainmast
questions if this happens every day, much to his disappointment the simple
response is ‘yes’.

Shortly after morning tea, all hands are called on deck as
we are going to stow the sails. We need to have some assistance from the iron
staysails as it is not a case of the wind being in the wrong direction, but
that there is no wind. The sea is a beautiful dark blue and we are just
surrounded by curious dolphins and equally as curious whales. Everybody goes to
their stations and set to handing the sails, shortly after mainmast and Mizzenmast
go up aloft to get the sails furled. It has been a sensational morning.

All’s well.

* TRUSS TACKLES. — Tackles used to secure the lower yards to their masts.

Stowing the sails