First of all a big thank you to the City of Mandurah for sponsoring our stay and also the Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club for allowing us to use their berth and giving us the opportunity to welcome so many of the public and children from surrounding schools on board. We certainly enjoyed our stay in port.
The crew for the Mandurah to Hillarys leg joined in the evening of Tuesday 13th September. All new crew members were given their safety induction by Finn the Mate and then it was straight into changing the ship over from museum mode into sailing mode. All the heavy work was completed within an hour and final preparations left for the next morning.
Once out in the estuary things went smoothly and we were soon setting sail. The light easterly winds died away during the morning and we were becalmed for an hour before the sea breeze set in and we were soon up to 4-5 knots with all sails set apart from the mizzen. Lunch today was a tasty Irish Stew. Speedy progress continued throughout the afternoon and by nightfall we were through the South Passage and well ahead of schedule. After curry for tea we doused the spritsail, fore top, main top and main course and clewed up the fore course in an effort to slow down, all to no avail – speed continued at 3 knots. Fortunately the wind died during the night and we were able to maintain a position in the vicinity of the Outer Pilot Boarding Ground.