Day 5 Adelaide – Portland

Glenn going up to furl the Main Topsail

Latitude; 37°31.2’S

Longitude; 137°22.9’E

Distance run in the last 24 hrs; 93NM

Average speed; 3.8KN

Weather; SE force 5, cloudy overcast sky with 2m sea swells

With the iron staysail having been started due to the SSE winds it is time to hand the square sails, all hands are called on deck to assist and  those feeling well enough are sent up aloft to furl where some of the crew experience a hard rain fall from further up aloft. The plan is to use the iron staysail to get far enough South so that we can sail with SSE wind, which is due to remain until Friday. We keep the staysails set which help maintain a more comfortable motion.

The maintenance continues on the hammocks into the afternoon with the crew getting involved and learning about how to splice and create grommets. I have to give Neil and Dave a mention as they spent a good part of the day, giving their free time in assisting with the grommets and splicing.

Although it has been mainly overcast the last few days the skies cleared for a while last night showing several of the planets, Venus, Mars and Saturn and also the compilations of Libra, Virgo, Leo and Scorpio could be seen. It makes the watch much more enjoyable for those who are on at night, knowing you are out in the ocean away from land and light pollution with the universe buzzing above you, a real feeling of escapism.

The weather has completely changed from when we left Adelaide, it is now cloudier, stronger winds, higher sea swells, but the most dramatic change is the temperature. The day we left Adelaide it was over 37° and now we are at a much cooler 17°, less than half of what it was.

Grommet and splicing

With the galley being the heart of the ship, Nigel and Fiona have one of the toughest jobs. They have to work in the extremist of conditions; when it is hot, double the temperature down in the galley, when it is cold and rough they have to be so careful where they place everything. The crew rely on their food as an energy source and something to look forward to when coming off a cold, wet watch, so it is such an unconscious morale booster.  They have to carefully asses the weather conditions every day in order to provide the type of food that the crew are going to need. Not only do they produce cooked breakfast, cooked lunch and cooked dinner they also bake cakes and cookies for the two tea breaks during the day. Over the last 24 hours with the conditions being a bit more challenging we have to be grateful to the galley team providing us with amazing fresh, homemade soup and amazing date sticky toffee pudding. It isn’t just about the providing of the food but the quality is sensational and mouth-watering.

The morning brings us much of the same conditions with the iron staysails still required. With this in mind and the crew looking tired and fatigued, we just go about the usual routine of the morning meetings and happy hour. The rest of the morning is spent for most catching up on some lost zzz.

All’s well.

Nigel and Fiona in the galley

7 thoughts on “Day 5 Adelaide – Portland

  1. Hi Crew , it’s good to see that you’re heading back towards Australia. It’s the last day of summer , but here in Adelaide it feels like the middle of winter. Sorry about the South Easterly winds which are supposed to ease by Friday, so hang in there. Sounds like the crew in the galley are doing a fantastic job , well done guys !
    Hang in there Richard from Mum and Dad

  2. “With the galley being the heart of the ship…” Interesting. Surely the galley would be more aptly described not as the heart of the ship but rather as the stomach, or more crudely the guts?
    See you all in Portland!

  3. hi Rhiannon, Well we have had 120mm of rain in two days.The weather here has got cold as well. see you in portland
    love mum dad and matthew

  4. We’re glad you all are having a great trip. Trevor, don’t forget to to take 5 minutes to spot a whale or two, as you are having the experience of a lifetime. We all look forward to hearing about all your encounters with pirates and the like, on the good ship Endeavour. All the best, Buccaneers. Peter, Debbie and Family

  5. Hi Mama (Trish), hope you are coping with the rough seas!! Worst wind since we’ve’ moved to Portland today. Had to chase the trampoline across Henry’s property this morning. Looking forward to seeing you on Monday!! Love, Jon Rach and Elijah

  6. After watching the webcam for a few minutes on 1st March I know why I’ll remain a guide. I obviously don’t have my grandfather’s (a tall ship sailor 120 years ago) strong stomach.

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