Currently we are anchored at Deal island and experiencing moderate 10-147kt SSW winds with nil swell and the temperature is a cool 15 degrees.
Welcome to day seven of our voyage. It was an early start for a well rested Youth Crew with a 0615 wakeup and early morning activity.
While this was occurring the Staff Crew weighed anchor and under the cover of darkness departed Refuge Cove. Once in open water the ship was brought under fore and aft sail and in moderate 10-15kt NNE winds we shaped a course for Deal Island.
Morning brief and cleaning stations followed then to complete the morning activities I gave the Youth Crew a presentation on sail theory. Lunch followed then after a short break we went to tacking stations and in light conditions conducted a good set of demonstrational tacks.
Once we had finished this activity we quickly handed in all sail and proceeded directly into Deal Islands picturesque Garden Cove where we came safely to anchor at 1400.
Once at anchor the Youth Crew were ferried ashore where they undertook the 12km round trip walk to the historic Deal Island Lighthouse which at one time was the highest lighthouse in the southern hemisphere and gives some spectacular views of Bass Strait and a number of its islands.
By 1830 everyone was safely back onboard and originally we had planned to have another BBQ dinner but as the sun went down it turned rather cold so the Chef cooked everything in the galley and we ate dinner in the café. Joining us for dinner this evening were the Islands Caretakers who enjoyed meeting the Youth Crew, being given a tour of the ship and loved being able to sit down and enjoy Chef Zac’s great food.
The time is now 2030 and a tired Youth Crew have just settled into anchor watches overnight following another busy but extremely enjoyable day.
Tomorrow morning we will depart Deal Island and in what is currently forecast to be favourable weather will continue our passage along the Victorian Coast.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.