CLIENT: General Public Voyage
VOYAGE NUMBER: 20220519
FROM: Hervey Bay to Rosslyn Bay
DATE: 20 May 2022
POSITION: Round Hill
REPORT BY: Red Watch
Everyone got up before 6 am so we could make an early start for our 90 nm leg towards Bustard Head and Pancake Creek. All Sails were raised with 15-20 knots of breeze followed by a late breakfast of scrambled eggs cooked by the wonderful Louise. During watch, Red Watch saw yellow fin tuna fish, dolphins and a flock of small black seabirds chasing fish among the waves.
The wind started to freshen and was 25-30 knots during the morning leading to lots of sailing activities including dropping the mainsail on the run, gybing the boat, and shaking out a reef from the foresail. Rains squalls added to our adventure and the afternoon was spent by all watches with some challenging work at the helm including surfing down the frequent 3-4m swells. Our bosun Libby tackled the helm with vigour and helped keep us on track.
As darkness descended with increasing winds up to 37 knots and increasing rain, Red Watch dropped the headsails and foresail with White Watchleader Roger successfully braving the elements to gasket the jib.