Distance run in 4 hour; 15.2NM
Average speed; 4.3KN
Weather; Wind SSW F 2-3, Temp 16.4°, vessel rolling slightly but smoothly
It is an afternoon of intense training for the new crew but they seem to be enjoying it. Mizzenmast had the tricky task of having to go up and over (climbing aloft) when dusk has set in and so some were set with the extra challenge of climbing without full daylight.
All the new crew seemed to have enjoyed the challenge of the day but also seem eager to get out sailing. There are a few crew walking around with bumps on their head as they adjust to the small areas of the ship. The night brings more challenges as the ships rolls slightly bringing with it the creaking of the timber and movement of those that are on anchor watch.
The morning brings or a glorious sunrise over Calle-Calle bay before a filling breakfast and then a crew briefing. The Foremast watch is the watch on deck and so they stand by the anchor cable to weigh anchor. Natalie from Mizzenmast takes up some of her watch to unfurl and shake the reef out of the Foretopsail, whilst Dan and Lucy take up Phil, Rick, Josh, Sean, Dan and Graham up to shake the reef out of the Main Topsail. Then it is time for all hands to set some sail. Once the Main Topsail and Fore Topsail have been set the call goes out to the chief engineer to cut the iron staysails. Not only are we homeward Bound but we are sailing there.
As we have ideal light winds we send the brave ones from the fore and mainmast to unfurl the T’Gallants. We have the Mainmast (Conrad, Norm and Dan) up the Foremast and the Foremast (Justine, James and David) up the Mainmast. It is a beautiful day with the sun shining, we have several seals frolicking and following the ship.