Day 9 Sydney to Lord Howe and return

Transit of Venus taken on board HMB Endeavour

Latitude; 31°25.50’S

Longitude; 159°0.33’E

Distance run in the last 24hrs; 86NM

Average speed; 3.8KN

Weather; wind Force 4-5 SE by E, slight cloud, slight seas, Temp; 18°

The weather is exceptionally changeable, with these moments of blue skies and glimpses of the sun hinting that the wind and storm have exhausted and blown themselves out, but changing in a matter of minutes and having these short blasts of heavy rainfall and forceful gusts. At 1300 we have a blue sky moment and once again for about 40 minutes we are able to observe the Transit of Venus and even manage to get some good photograph of the event. It is a strange feeling watching this very small shadow cross a significantly bigger sun, but the minute you  sit back and think about what is actually happening here and the perspective of this phenomena, historically, astronomically, the findings for the future of the event and more importantly for the present. We have endured a tough 24 hours with the storm and we are not over it yet, it has been both physically and mentally exhausting but the one thing that keeps all our heads above water is the comrade Rey between ship mates and the achievement that we have brought the ship here and what we are witnessing.

Although we are bouncing and rolling about in swells close to eight meters we are actually in a relatively safe place in comparison to just slightly further inland and down the coast, the forecast predicts that the waves will reach up to 15 meters, which is colossal.

Wave swell projection

Tonight we motor near and close by to Lord Howe to ride out the tail end of the storm. Although the ship still roll’s uncomfortably most people sleep well and sound due to tiredness.

The morning brings that glimpse of a blue sky and the hope that the sun will shine today. The ship is calming and morale seems positively high. At 0900 we salute Lord Howe with a cannon blast before departing. It is a shame that due to conditions we were unable to step ashore, but the reality is I think we experienced more of an adventure on board during the storm, than what could have been experienced with a few hours ashore in the rain.

The sun is shining the sea swell is down to 2m and the wind is blowing approx. 24 knots, so the call come for us to set some sail and make our journey homeward bound. With certain obligations to get the ship here on a tight time frame and with winds that refused to assist, we look forward to a much better forecast, with fair winds that should allow us to sail home. It is not always about the destination, but the journey of the ride.

All’s well.

One thought on “Day 9 Sydney to Lord Howe and return

  1. Again, thanks for the great story. For me it’s like waiting to read the next chapter in a book. Good luck for the journey home. Hey there Tony, looking forward to seeing you again.

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