Albany – Port Lincoln Day 4

Albany – Port Lincoln day 4

Latitude: 37⁰ 01.7’S

Longitude: 120⁰ 55.3’ E

Distance travelled: 110 NM

Average Speed: 4.5 knots

Hello once more, and welcome to HMB Endeavours online blog.

So the last 24 hours have been incredibly exciting for the entire crew, as mentioned in the last blog by 1100 hours on day 3, sails were set and we were gently sailing along like all sailing ships should. We managed to keep up the sailing with the winds that we were getting but by nightfall the sails were furled and the engines were turned back on.

During that afternoon nearly all signs of seasickness were gone, we had crew members helping out with all sorts of little odd jobs about the ship, we even had a small group of people seated up on deck peeling a bucket of potatoes, simply because they could.


At sunset last night there are a fair few stories circulating this morning of a green flash that was seen just as the sun went behind the horizon.  Also during the evening, one of the upperyardies Mark sat playing his guitar and created a very homely atmosphere up on deck for the crew that were on watch.

Once lights were out, all the crew happily settled down for the night, with barely any disturbance and many sleeping quite soundly.

In the morning we woke up to realise that one of our voyage crew turns 23 today!! So a very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! To Ben Williams from Mainmast watch, some banners and balloons were put in the mess just so we all could celebrate his special day.

Sails were set again during the morning at about 0915 hours, possibly the most sails we’ve had the entire voyage, these include the Main Course, Main Topsail, Main T’Gallant, Spritsail, Sprit Topsail, Fore Course, Fore Topsail, Fore T’Gallant, Mizzen Topmast Staysail, Mizzen Course and last but not least –catches breath- Mizzen Topsail….or in another words Full Sail !!

After all the hard work the crew once again got to sit back and watch the world go by… and not only the world but a pod of dolphins who were spotted off the Port Bow at approximately 1000 hours



All is well.

5 thoughts on “Albany – Port Lincoln Day 4

  1. I remember learning about the green flash in form five physics way back in 1963. It is a retina fatigue phenomenon. If you stare at a particular colour (e.g. red) long enough the colour receptors in your retina become overtaxed, so that when you look away from that colour for a moment you have the sensation of seeing the colour’s opposite (in this case green). The green flash is not uncommon especially at sea if you watch the setting sun, because the intense redness of the sun tires the retina; when the sun sinks below the horizon for a brief period your eyes experience the sensation of “seeing” green—the green flash!

  2. The ‘Green flash’ phenomenon has several different theories. The most common theory is now to do with astranomical refraction near the horizon and not just a trick of the eye.

  3. Whatever the cause, I can claim to have seen in on a number of occassions, but only at sea and on a smooth horizon.

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