Day 9 Portland – Hobart

Getting ready to go up and reef the topsail

Latitude; 43°40.4’S

Longitude; 146°58.4’E

Distance run in that last 24hrs; 74NM

Average speed; 3.0KN

Weather; Westerly winds force 5, cloudy with squalls threatening, temp; 15°

After lunch all hands are called on deck to wear ship to keep close to the coast to avoid the strong winds and high seas, but before we do wear ship, Ally who is the officer of the watch asks Adam and Steph to bring in their fishing lines. As they start to bring their lines in, Adam realises he has something on his and as he declares it to Steph she also realises that she too has something on her line. This time neither of the lines have been tampered with. As we are in a rush to wear the ship Ally asks them both Just to bring their catch out of the water line and secure it. Once we wear ship both Adam and Steph are itching to get to their catch. They are identified as two barracuda, Adam’s is considerably bigger than Steph’s, but I am just amazed as since the beginning of the circumnavigation we have never had a fish on both lines at the one time and for it to occur with these two being so competitive is hilarious and all I can say…the winner is?

The joint catch

Gradually the wind are picking up, but it is just a little later than they had forecast and so to play it safe with the stronger winds, the crew are sent aloft to reef the topsails.

We are now waiting for the predicted Westerly winds to come in and at 2000 Foremast wear ship once again, we gradually head further south in the night, still with the wind coming from the north East.

In the morning the winds are considerably stronger and still we wait for the wind to shift to the West, we are much further south than we wanted to be. During the second sitting of breakfast all hands are called, we rush up on deck to discover that the winds have just rapidly changes from N x E to the West in a matter of seconds and so we all brace the ship around hard up on a port tack as quickly as we can. As this is happening there is a waterspout forming meters off the port side, fortunately for us it doesn’t establish. The barometer rapidly dropped over the last 24 hours from 1012.0 to 992.2 and being at 44 degree’s there is always an uncertainty with the weather. Chief Officer Dirk says that Tasmania is where the winds are created. The weather forecasts are scrutinised but it is the 360 degree horizon showing the clouds that give us the true indication of the weather ahead and it is not pretty. The darkness and linier aspect of the clouds shows us a clear indication of the expecting front, sails are reefed light air sails are handed and our storm shutters  have been dogged in these waters it is prudent to err on the side of caution.. With the wind now blowing from the ideal quadrant Endeavour revels and picks up speed from 5 knots to 7 knots in minutes and rides the waves with such ease and balance. Just before 1200 Windward Bound is spotted off our starboard bow and so the cannons are prepared.

All’s well

Windward Bound

2 thoughts on “Day 9 Portland – Hobart

  1. To Richard McKean,
    Hi Handsome :),
    I see you’re experiencing the wild weather you hoped for!
    See you at the Lonnie Airport at 9:40pm tomorrow evening – Thursday 22nd
    Let me know if you can be there either way
    Hows’ your moustache growth with the wild winds and salt ai?.
    Are your meals better than home? Bring a few maties home to help with the potatoes. Oh, and some barramundie if it hasn’t been eaten.
    Love, Pam

  2. Hi again Louis, What an amazing sail from Portland ! All’s well here…John and Rick calling on your gang Thurs. morning while up that way. Bronwen will wait for your call as you sail in……she and her bro. Max both coming on board at Macquarie wharf . love Mum and Dad

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