Distance run in the last 24hrs; 60.5NM
Average speed; 2.5KN
Finally the rain starts to ease and the skies clear a little
after a morning of heavy rain. It is not long before spirits are re-lifted especially
with this crew being such a jovial bunch. There is music to be heard throughout
the ship this afternoon as Ben plays his guitar and sings. It may well be only
a five day voyage but the crew are keen to be able to perform for tomorrow
night’s sod’s opera and so there are the usual group huddling’s taking place.
Unfortunately Keith gets the urge to practice his tap dancing piece at 0300 in
the morning whilst on watch and on deck, unbeknown that the Captain and first
mate are sleeping right under where he is practising.
It is also a very special day as our Foremast Topman Amy
Spets hits the big 30. I think, that she thought she might have got away with
it, but her watch have been singing Happy Birthday spontaneously since they
started watch at 0000.
The morning brings us fairer weather and we are making good
progress, although not at a great speed, but more importantly we are sailing
and we are sailing in the right direction. The Mizzenmast watch are asked to go
up and unfurl the Fore t’gallant with Ian, Claire and Kath bravely
volunteering. With it being the second to last day and the sea with less swell
many of the crew are eager to get aloft and get some photographs with a great
view, especially as land is in sight. The forecast is that the wind will
increase in the afternoon. Captain Ross gives a lecture this morning after
morning tea on meteorology and points of sail.