The passage from Karwar to Salalah (Oman) comprised of 1165 NM and was envisaged to the traversed at 4.7 knots in 10 days. As anticipated the ship experienced a steady current of 1-1 ½ knots against and head on winds. One realizes that the term “fair winds and following seas” was actually meant for square riggers and that too with a pinch of salt. We did what we could to make good 4.7 knots, as was the requirement.
Fifth day at sea brought some rough weather with wind speeds in excess of 25 knots and a wave height of 2 meters. There is definitely no better way for the Sea Trainees to gain their sea legs than to sail this “White Swan” in such challenging weather.
Last two days before entering Salalah were, however, a blessing. We guess Lord Varuna heeded to the Sea Trainees’ prayers, who had been on the ball, tacking frequently and trying to sail her as close hauled as possible. Winds shifted south and we managed a steady broad reach till land fall.