Distance run in the last 14hrs; 29.3NM
Average speed; 2.0KN
We are not far from our approach to the anchorage at Rottnest and so all hands are called on deck to hand sail and then go aloft and furl the sails. During the process there is a life ring spotted and suddenly there is the sombre reality that this could well be the life ring thrown from the container ship this morning thrown for the young man who fell overboard.
We slow down our approach and recover the life ring. It is the life ring from the container ship but there is no sign of anybody nearby. We note down the latitude, longitude and time recovered and then notify sea rescue. It is a stark reminder that the sea is a very vast area and that we are really helpless against the element once overboard. We are all hoping that the man is recovered very soon.
As we continue on, we ensure once again that we keep all eyes on look out in the hope that we might see something. We arrive at our anchorage at 1530 and start to prepare the ship for tonight’s mess deck dinner, this will be our first one in a while at anchorage, however it isn’t the calmest of anchorages and just as we put the finishing touches to the table we get hit by a large swell and everything comes crashing down off the tables onto the deck. Thankfully we all see the funny side of it and learn our lesson, non-stick mats all the way! The roast lamb is divine and the cheesecake delicious. The sod’s opera is a musical one as each watch performs a song and even the professional crew do a song.
At 0130 all the professional crew are called up on deck as the anchor has started to drag. Most of us bleary eyed and only half dressed, grab the tarry cable as we proceed to weigh anchor. Much to our dismay the cable is weightless and then there is the frayed end of the cable on deck and no anchor. The cable once again has completely chaffed through, we are all in disbelieve that it has happened again in a different location off Rottnest.
We motor around throughout the early hours of the morning until first light where we proceed back to our anchorage and recover our anchor. These involves Captain Ross and second mate Ally going for a dive and attaching a line to the anchor, which is then fed back aboard where we wrap it around the windlass and gradually heave the anchor up where it is secured. Shortly after we are back under way and the crew are up aloft for their final opportunity before the voyage ends. Ross finishes off his lectures with 18th century navigation and we slowly proceed to Fremantle where we will pick up a pilot for our final stretch into port. Fair winds