Distance run in the last 24hrs; 49.5NM
Average speed; 2.0 KN
Weather; Force 1-2, W x S, temp 17.5°, blue skies, sunshine and calm seas
After lunch everybody resumes their relaxed vibe on deck, but the captain and officers have different plans. With stunning sunshine and calm seas it is a natural reaction to become a little complacent and a little too comfortable with the conditions and so a buoy is thrown overboard by second officer Nick to start a man overboard drill. The alarm is raised and the crew start to shout ‘man overboard’ and whilst the profession crew take up their activities of their individual responsibilities. The crew assist in striking the sails and getting the rescue boat safely over the ships edge and down to the water level. The engines are started and the Bosun Drew and second officer Nick head straight out in the rescue boat to where the buoy is located. It is amazing to see just how fast a buoy will fade from sight even in these beautiful conditions…. Every minute counts and so it is imperative that these drills are carried out.
During the 2000 -0000 watch with foremast on the deck and third officer Ant, there is some confusion with a fishing vessel. At 2040 as per the captains night orders Ant informs Captain Ross that there is a vessel that is within a three mile radius of the ship. Although it might take Endeavour an hour to travel 3 nautical miles, some of the larger container vessels are travelling at twenty knots, leaving Endeavour as a sitting duck and very vulnerable.
Ant was keeping a close observation on it, however it was on a receptacle course (heading straight for us) and the bearing had not changed. Evasive action was taken such as dramatically changing course and also trying to contact the fishing vessel by radio but no answer was returned. The next action was to give five, loud, short, sharp blasts of the ships horn, which means ‘what are your intentions?’ in the international code and collision regulations. We then make a large alteration to our course and after communications are established we determine the vessels intentions so we can pass safely.
The night brings another display of bright stars and bioluminescence and the yellow brick road trailing behind the ships stern.
I hate to rub in, but yes once again a beautiful day and so first thing in the morning the Mizzenmast get to work setting as many sails as possible. Although excitement is present with our return, there is no doubt that we are going to miss these beautiful picturesque days and the silent starry nights with nothing but the sound of the big blue as it races by the ship side and the subtle sound of the wind in the sails. This is our 400th day of voyaging.