We commenced heaving the anchor at 05.50hrs and it was recovered on board by 06.15hrs. We then made our way out of Turtle Bay and rounded Cape Inscription,
then headed South.
We were not able to set any sail due to the Southerly wind and were battling a moderate head sea and swell. Our Noon position was Lat 25 40.3S, Long
112 51.4E with a run of 16 miles at an average speed of 2.78kts. The sea and swell continued to increase as the day wore on and by nightfall we
were struggling to make 2 knots with the ship rolling and pitching heavily at times. At one stage we resorted to trying a zig zag course in order to
make more headway.
Thursday 27th October
At daylight our speed was down to 1 kt with a very heavy south-westerly swell and moderate seas. After some quick calculations it was obvious that we were
not going to make Geraldton with the fuel we had remaining on board so the decision was made to return to Denham and take on extra fuel. At 11.45hrs
we turned the ship around and set the fore course. Our speed was quickly up to 5 knots under the one sail and by 19.00hrs we were rounding Cape Inscription
once again and by midnight on our way south on the eastern side of Dirk Hartog Island.
Friday 28th October
We steadily made our way south adjusting the speed so that we would arrive at Denham in time to enter on the high tide at 12.00hrs. The channel was entered
on time and by 12.30hrs we were all fast alongside the jetty.
The afternoon was spent fitting two extra 1,000 ltr fuel cells into the hold and then securing them, whilst Paula our cook went ashore to arrange the replenishment
of our provisions.