Friday, November 13th, 2015
It was busy in the Bosun’s domain on the well deck today as the good weather allowed rigging projects to get going. The small seas and sunshine were a delight for the navigators and sailmakers too – noon sights were satisfyingly accurate today, and the Captain brought a sail up to the quarterdeck to work on. A long splice workshop was held for all hands in the afternoon, and the watches did heaving line practice off the focslehead, and drilled in sail handling, especially the spanker, mizzen topmast staysail and mainsail.
SHIP’S WORK: Bent the flying jib, took up on the head earring lashings on the topsails. Started sailmaking repairs on a main t’gallant staysail, replaced knock and tack lashings on the spanker, replaced bunt blocks on the fore and main upper topsails, end-for end the port main tack, got chafe gear on the fish tackle.
TOWARDS: Flores Island, Azores
TIME ZONE: ZD + 2
NOON POSITION: 38°34.2’N /034°36.9’W
DAYS RUN: 71nm
PASSAGE LOG: 1,480nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 160 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Steering full and by the wind (93°True), 3.3kts
WIND: SE, Force 2
WEATHER: 3/8 cloud cover (cumulus), air temp 66F (19°C), sea surface temp 66F (19°C) barometer reading 1025 millibars
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: 4-6 feet, W
SAILS SET: All squares to the t’gallants plus the main royal. Main, fore and mizzen topmast staysails, inner and outer jib, spanker.