Distance run in the last 22hrs; 72NM
Average speed; 3.2KN
Weather; Drizzly grey skies, Temp 11°, sea swell 2m, seas moderate to rough
Captain Ross takes both the main mast and the mizzen mast through the helming techniques used whilst the Mizzen mast go up aloft for their ‘up and overs’. The pilot who is required by regulations comes on board the ship early; it must be a bit of a novelty for him being on a ship like Endeavour and not the usual cargo ships. Just before we depart we have Enterprise (another tall ship) come out to bid us farewell.
As we approach towards the entrance of the heads, the sea is exceptionally confused and also increasing in size due to the strengthening winds. As we leave the heads the swell increases and it is a very dicey exit for the pilot with such a confused sea onto the pilot boat. They are very much used to dealing with larger seas, but here it is much harder to predict what angle a wave is coming next. The wind is coming from the SW which is a good direction, but with the position of the bay we need to sail out at least 13NM to be able to set the sails and be sure that we are a good clearance distance away from land. As we could only leave through the heads at 1500 on slack water tide, which means that we won’t be clear from land until 2030 at which point it would be dark and too much to ask of a new crew who haven’t had the opportunity to even set the sails in day light and so we will motor throughout the night ready to set sail in the morning.