Day 4 Bunbury – Fremantle

Taking it all in

Latitude; 31°58.2’S

Longitude; 115°26.2’E

Distance run in the last 24hrs; 89.7NM

Average speed; 3.7KN

Just after lunch at 1320 there is a call for additional help on deck to wear ship. Curious as to why we are wearing ship again so soon, I head up on deck. The wind has now shifted around to the south west, the forecast that we were waiting for. With these winds we should be able to now navigate and clear the bay and proceed north towards Rottnest Island.

We are making excellent speed and course, and the sea swell has eased. Captain Ross gives his second lecture of the day on 18th century sailing and discusses to the crew about the difficulties that 18th century sailing ships would have had in Bays such as Geographe Bay on a lee shore and trying to get enough sea room to safely navigate out.

By 2030 the watch is handing the Main course and Fore course as we are making good speed and need to slow down so that we arrive at the anchorage during the day. During the night the swell eases down and it is good to see so many people looking cheerful on deck in the morning.

Sail handling

The weather is changeable but we are still making good speed and progress towards Rottnest. At 1100 all hands are called on deck for the Foremast watch to lose the Fore t’gallant and the mainmast watch to lose the Main T’gallant.  Once the sails are set, Ross then gives a lecture on the history and how to use the sextant.

There are many rescue helicopters flying overhead and many rescue boats out, there has been news that a young man had fallen overboard a container ship this morning, not far from Rottnest and so we make sure everyone is keeping a vigilant look out.

All’s well.

Unfurling the Terrifying Fore T'gallant

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