Day 3 – Transit of Venus Sydney to Lord Howe and return

Su going for a climb

Latitude; 33°07.8’S

Longitude; 152°22.9’E

Distance run in the last 24hrs; 68.7 NM

Average speed; 2.8 KN

Weather; Force 3 NE winds, Cloudy skies with rain squalls on the horizon, Temp; 18.6°

After such a busy morning by 1400 we have managed to unfurl and set the; Fore topmast Staysail, Fore topsail, Fore course, Main topmast staysail, Main topsail, main course and Mizzen Staysail quite an array of sails. Unfortunately just an hour later the wind starts to ease and by 1555 there are squalls on the horizon which catch up with Mizzenmast who are on the 1600 – 1800 watch.

We are using the engines so early on our voyage in order to get us better placed with the wind patterns. The Captain has been scrutinising the synoptic charts that inform him a very low depression system is developing that will give very strong storm winds. We need to make sure that we are north of this system before it approaches us on Monday and be in a better position to sail.

Shortly after 1900 when Mainmast take the watch the decision is made that with the current lack of wind and approaching the East Australian Current we will need to tickle the cats and motor along for the foreseeable future. At 1920 Mainmast clew up the sails and at 1955 the main engines are started.

This morning the Mainmast has already been awarded a title after only three days in the voyage, the snoring watch! Not the best title to claim but thankfully last night with the engines running it drowned out some of the crooning! This morning there is no improvement on the wind, however there is on the ships speed, last night we were struggling to make three knots due to the current and this morning we seem to be making a much better progress. Whilst the Mainmast are on watch from 0800-1200 third Officer Ant sends up, Mick, George, Tony, Suzi, Mike and Julie to furl the Fore topsail.

Getting to grips with furling

It is the first day where the ships full routine will be followed and the crew will learn the importance of this routine, with mobile phone signals a thing of the past and all the other common modern appliances of everyday life will no longer are relevant for the next couple of weeks.

All’s well

On the helm