Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to day two of the voyage. Following a well deserved and much needed good night's rest the Youth Crew awoke at 0630 to a clear sunny Devonport morning and a cheerful tune from Sail Master Taffy. After our Early Morning Activity and breakfast the Youth Crew mustered for the morning (not so) brief detailing the days activities and words of wisdom from various staff members, after which it was straight into cleaning stations, this activity is known as the ships Happy Hour with its own special song. Next Captain Safety alias Watch Officer, Tug conducted a very comprehensive safety equipment presentation and demonstration ensuring the no matter what the situation the Youth Crew should find themselves in, that they would have the knowledge to overcome any adversity at sea.
During this activity the ship cast off all lines and exited the swollen Mersey River avoiding floating debris from the recent heavy rains, waving to well wishers on the shoreline and entered Bass Strait. Under the guidance of their watch leaders, the Youth Crew spent the remainder of the day conducting line handling and deck work, gaining the foundation skills required to safely handle the sails during their adventure at sea.
By the early afternoon the Youth Crew had managed to set and furl most sails so a set of tacks and wears were executed in 25 knots of wind and a one metre sea. This evolution is an essential teamwork activity requiring every member of the team to play a critical role. This set of tacks concluded the formal activities for the day with the Youth Crew having just completed a magnificent dinner from Chef Adrian, are now settling into their first night watches learning to helm the ship and conduct engineering rounds (checks of the engine room compartment).
Young Endeavour is currently sailing along handsomely at eight knots under fore and aft sails, making ground to the north east on a close reach port tack, looking as majestic and magnificent as only this ship can, with the intention of continuing overnight at sea underway towards Deal Island.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.