Weather: fine, Wind: light and variable, Swell: nil, Temp: 23 deg. C
Welcome to Day 2 of the voyage. Following a well deserved and much needed night’s rest the Youth Crew were woken at 0630 by Sail Master Sandy, who treated us to an ‘ice-breaker’ deck game to wake us up. The Staffies weighed anchor at 0745 and commenced the passage to The Rip to exit Port Phillip Bay. After breakfast the Youthies experienced their first morning brief at which they met ‘Salty the sea-dog’ (Jen), whose job it is to explain the nautical origin of some expressions in common use in the English language. On completion of the brief we had boy/girl chats, followed by cleaning stations (this activity is known as our ‘Happy Hour’ and even has its own little song).
The crew then progressed deck safety training to ensure our new crew members would have the necessary knowledge to carry out the basics of setting and furling Young Endeavour’s sails safely. The Ship was also visited by ‘Captain Safety’ (Dave’s alter-ego!) who gave a more detailed presentation on the items of safety equipment onboard. At 1115 the Youthies went to lunch while the Staffies took the Ship through Pinnace Channel and then The Rip.
Deck safety and setting and furling drills continued after lunch and then the Ship went to Tacking Stations and undertook a wear-ship and a tack, but due to the light conditions limited value was gained as the sheets had little or no weight in them. At least all youthies got to experience where they go and what they will do during these activities.
The intention is to spend the night at sea, anchoring in off Walkerville in the morning and remaining there until afternoon when we will sail and commence our passage to Deal Island. We will put the youth crew ashore while anchored at Walkerville to get some exercise and have a break from the Ship.