Captain’s report from The Uto ni Yalo Trust: July 11, 2015
6am Captains update:
Breakfast preparation is currently underway on board as we push on toward Fiji at approximately 15 kilometers per hour in rough seas with lots of spray on deck.
As per our safety procedures on board, all crew on deck have their life jackets and safety harnesses on as a precaution. The remaining crew are dry and warm within their sleeping quarters.
Pleasing to note that while a few crew have been sea sick since our departure from Opua, they have all begun to adjust and gain their sea legs as voyagers on board what is perhaps considered Fiji’s piece of floating history.
WIND: SW-SSW 15-25KTS, Occasional gusts & squally weather
6pm Captains update:
Today was a rough day punctuated by gusty winds and rough seas with a hail storm that saw the Uto ni Yalo covered in pea size ice balls so we had to drop the sails in order to stabilize the vessel for 30 minutes.
Thankfully that the Uto ni Yalo is designed to handle such adverse weather conditions which is a testiment to our forefathers design and insight into traditional ocean voyaging.
2 to 3 metre swells and sprays continue with an abundance of water where which sometimes fells like a washing machine however the crew are all good though (just now Junior sticks his head into the deck house and says squall approaching on the starboard side) We are generally all tired but spirits remain remarkably high.
Its still very cold out here, reckon around 10-15’C, add a bit of water and it feels like 5’C. All in all we are getting used to it day by day and we also like to believe its getting warmer as we carve up the latitudes.
WIND: SW-SSW 20-25+ IN GUSTS. SHIFTY AS SQUALLS PASS BY.
SAILS: 1ST REEF TO THE MAIN AND MIZZEN + STAY SAIL