Day 2 Bunbury to Fremantle

sunset over Bunbury

Latitude; 33°12’6’S

Longitude; 115°32.1’E

Distance run in the last 2.5hrs; 10.2 NM

Average speed; 4.08KN

The training this afternoon seems to go really well and the
new crew don’t seem too confused or over loaded with new information. Once the
training is complete, it is time for the watch system to start. The ship runs
with a traditional three watch system; Foremast, Mainmast and Mizzenmast.
Throughout a 24 hour period there will be 5 four-hour watches and 2 two-hour
watches. The 2 two-hour watches which run from 1600 -1800 and 1800- 2000 allows
the watches to rotate so that they are not always carrying out the same watch
at the same time on each day.

unfurling the main staysail

The crew on watch are required to be wearing their harnesses
at all times while underway in the event that they are required to go up aloft.
The watch rotates on a 30 minute basis, so you have a one person on stern look
out, two people on the helm and two people on bow lookout (port &
starboard) the rest of the crew are on standby for any line handling, or doing the
hourly safety rounds. Tonight we are at anchor and so things are slightly
different, each watch will split into four groups and will manage an hour each.
This is because we need less people on deck and need just a few to keep a
vigilant eye on the anchor cable and buoy whilst the others maintain the hourly
safety round.

The sunset casts a beautiful orange glow over Bunbury and we
are visited by some of the local bottlenose dolphins. it is a cool evening with
fresh winds and the clouds are forming some interesting wispy shapes, giving an
indication of some of the weather to come.

There are many people up early this morning and
unfortunately I don’t think it is because they slept soundly, sleeping in a
hammock is something that takes some getting used to.

The morning brings us beautiful clear blue skies and less
swell than the night before, a promising start to the day and for the new crew.
After breakfast and the crew meetings we get straight under way and each watch
is assigned a deck duty. The foremast are in charge of heaving up the anchor,
the mainmast watch are in charge of unfurling and setting the foretopsail and
mizzenmast are in charge of setting the staysails. It is time for all the crew
to put their training into practice.

All’s well.

Securing the anchor

2 thoughts on “Day 2 Bunbury to Fremantle

  1. Hey guys, you’re looking good!! Hope Antonio is not feeling seasick, all our other guys have really suffered:)
    – we are all thinking of you here at Bridging the Gap – Happy Sailing and hope you have lots of wind!!

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