Distance run in the last 23hrs; 130NM
Average speed; 5.6KN
Weather; SW by W winds force 4-5, skies are relatively clear, temp a cool; 12.4°
We started to commence weighing anchor from Fortescue Bay at 1300, the wind is still coming from the NW but has increased from this morning. We will have to motor for a while under the wind swings round to the south west which is forecast to happen tonight in the meantime we will hug the coast and enjoy the beautiful craggy coast line. We will pass a Bay called Waterfall Bay and so everyone is poised with their cameras, unfortunately there hasn’t been sufficient rain in recent weeks and so there is no waterfall to see. However that might soon change as dark clouds start to threaten us from the horizon.
At 1630 the moment we have all been waiting for, the announcement of who is closest to guessing how many beans are in the jar, an Easter competition put together from the galley team. Chief Officer Dirk builds up the suspense ….. The lucky winner is Bill Elmore with a guess of 186 beans and the total being 196. He kindly shares them out with everyone.
The Forecourse is set before nightfall and between 1900 -2000 the wind shifts from NW to W by S. The engines get shut down at 2255 and we our finally sailing with prevailing winds.
It is a beautiful morning on deck but the chill brings back the reality that winter is fast approaching and everyone adds on a few extra layers, exposed fingers feel numb after a while. As we have the winds working in our favour we decide not to take a closer look at Wine Glass Bay as we are keen to keep on going, but as we pass by there is a sudden commotion off the starboard side with hundreds of gulls, gannets and seals in a feeding frenzy. I am not sure what type of school of fish has been hit but I can only assume that the seals have been working together to herd the fish close to the surface where the sea birds have taken advantage of the situation. I have seen flocks of gannets and gulls fishing before but nothing on such a huge scale. Suddenly there is an eagerness to trawl our line behind us.
The morning is finished off with a lecture on 18th century sailing from Captain Ross.