The tropical days without air conditioning are starting to tell on everyone. No one is sleeping that well in the warm muggy accommodation. We still have a week of it to go.
The weather is still directly from astern. So the 20 knot South Easterly wind is offering minimal cooling properties at all. At times the sea and sky are both a brilliant blue, but as we make steady progress North, the gloomy grey sky of the inter tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) has become predominant. Heavy tropical rain squalls come and go, heralded by the occasional bright rainbow. Nothing special enough to write home about though.
Our fishing skills have not improved one iota, with neither lure appearing to be attractive to fish. The home-made lure was showing signs of decay when we hauled it on board for the night, so I will give it a spruce up over the next day or so.
The gannets that have accompanied us for the past few days have now departed. They are not a tropical bird, so we are probably now beyond their temperate foraging range.
A very funny story from last night, which occurred about 20:00 hours, at the change of the watch.
A rain squall had appeared on the radar and was tracking to pass over us. This information was passed over from the existing lookout to the oncoming one.
Soon after the new lookout felt the rain. It was not until he looked down at his wet arms, that he noticed the wet spots were very white. It transpired that a passing flock of migrating birds had found sanctuary for the evening on the horizontal spreaders of our main mast. Prior to settling in for the night they all needed to dump.
The 8 – 12 lookout just happened to be standing downwind and in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I didn’t see him, but apparently he was absolutely covered in it, as were the entire bridge deck, monkey island and foc’s’le decks the next morning. All needed and received a good soogee.
Our noon position today was latitude 10° 19.9’ South, Longitude 145° 18.3 East.
We continue to make a steady average speed of 11.3 knots and we are expecting to enter the Northern Torres Strait channel at 22:00 tonight. We have seen very few ships on this route, but are expecting the shipping to increase as we approach the entrance to the Strait.
So it is an early night for me, in an endeavour to get some sleep in these sticky conditions. The day time temperature barely exceeds 33°, so the accommodation is not stiflingly hot, just still and sticky.
Signing off twenty miles South East of Torres Strait.