Monday, 26 September 2016

A Great week away.

Last week I was lucky enough to go out sailing on the Tall Ship James Craig. We sailed from Sydney up to Broken Bay, spent most of the week up there. Then sailed back down on Thursday with some great weather and managing to get some significant sail set.

Here are some pictures from the trip.
Fore Course and Topsails in their gear ready to help us up to Broken Bay.

The Main watch only had 2 sails to look after on the way up.

The sails on the Fore Mast set and drawing on the way up.

Just around the corner from where we anchored.

Everything furled and packed away for the night.

It's difficult to get a good picture of the moon with a phone.

Just before the sun came up on Tuesday. I was lucky enough to get the last anchor watch.

Looking up river to the railway bridge.

That's a lot of water.

That's now a lot of sky. It was pretty rolly until about lunch on Tuesday.

Back on the anchor Tuesday afternoon.

No moon on Wednesday Morning.

Looking out at the big blue wet thing.

Still at anchor. That looks a lot closer from deck than it does from the chartplotter.

Had a couple of rainy patches on Wednesday.

A bit clearer now.

Perfect timing. Just after coming down from the royal yard.

Thursday morning. Going sailing out there.

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We actually managed to sail of the anchor on Thursday. Here is the full Fore Stack set.

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We did get a little bit of rain, however it wasn't too heavy to ruin the great sailing.

Back in Rose Bay with the Anchor Lights set.

Not too bad of a morning.

This is where I slept for the trip.

The wind was starting to get up a little before we left Rose Bay.

One of my duties was the anchor locker. This means that as we raise the anchor 4 of us would flake out the chain so it is nice and even so it can't topple over and get a knot in it as we try to drop the anchor next.
This is what it looked like as we were anchored.

Here it is filled up with the anchor retrived.

This is the bottom of the hawse pipe where the chain comes down into the locker. You can just see a hand in the background. They are probably about a meter behind the front wall of the locker.

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