Distance run in the last 24hrs; 113NM
Average speed; 4.7KN
Weather; Temp 15.5°, moderate seas, fresh winds Force 5, blue skies but with low lying clouds on the horizon
Once the topsails are reefed it is time for the Mainmast to re-set them. Today it is much cooler than the previous couple of days and the skies are frequently threatening showers. The afternoon is spent by many catching up on some sleep.
This afternoon we pass by King Island approximately 50 Nautical miles off its shores. There had been a few murmurs and whispers that we might explore the Island, however when we have such fantastic prevailing winds we have to make the most of them as we are only too aware of how quickly that can change so it is full sail ahead!
At 1600 there is a dark looming front hovering on the horizon by 1700 the front is up on us and the wind starts to back and so Foremast brace around to a starboard tack. At 2000 some of the Mizzen mast crew; Peter, Stephen, Sean, Gordon, Michael and John climb up to the Main course to start furling in the twilight, soon darkness is up on them and they have to rely on their sense of touch as all vision is now clouded by the nights darkness. Nat their Topman said they did a great job especially as it was some of their first time out on the yard. The skies have cleared for twilight and it is sensational to see the stars gradually nudge their way through the atmosphere as the sun drops further away from the horizon. This is the best time for Celestial Navigation as the light starts to fade away, the brightest stars such as Rigel, Beltelguese start to appear one by one and before you know it the sky is awash with thousands of stars.
As Mizzenmast finish off their breakfast there is an announcement to let them know to bring their wet weather gear on deck. It seems that they seem to be getting all the rain on their watch this voyage. As we have now passed King Island it can only mean one thing, we are now in Tasmania waters and have crossed the border from Victoria. This calls for the usual celebration of tropical shirts, but with this temperature most of the crew take the sensible option of wearing them over many other layers.
The news also come that we are now the furthest South that we have been since starting the circumnavigation and so far the roaring forties are treating us with kind, for now…