Weather: fine, Wind: SE 15 kts, Sea state 3, Swell: 090/0.5 m, Temp: 24 deg. C
After a good nights rest the Youth Crew were awoken by Sail Master Sandy and one of his 80s classics. Once on deck we participated in a very quick early morning ‘ice-breaker’ activity and then everyone headed below decks for a quick shower and some tasty breakfast treats from Chef Haydo.
Sandy kicked into the morning brief after the time-honoured Naval Tradition of the ceremony of Colours. The Youth Crew had mustered on the port side of the bridge and they all joined in the National Anthem once the Australian National Flag and White Ensign were fluttering at the top of their respective flagstaffs. Sandy explained the routine for morning briefs and then invited other Staffie guest speakers including Lindsey the engineer, Haydo the chef, the resident salty man (Marty) and some words of (Hopefully) wisdom from myself. The Youthies then went below to start their first “Happy Hour” which is the daily cleaning time.
After Happy Hour Dougie, our resident safety expert, gave a more in-depth safety brief to ensure the Youthies know everything they need to about the Ship. The Watch Leaders then took charge of their watches and began the task of teaching their watches how to set and furl the sails. Staffies weighed anchor at 1000 and we headed out of the harbour to start our passage north. At 1115 the watches cycled through the cafe to refill their fuel tanks for the afternoon’s activities.
In the afternoon the watches continued with their sail handling drills until their watch leaders felt they were at a satisfactory level to progress to the next step of learning how to deal with the mainsail. After a very comprehensive brief from Sail Master Sandy the Youthies soon had the main out in a very quick time. This was followed by the Topsail and Top Gallant square sails and then the ship was ready for the crew to practice tacking stations. We were fortunate to have a fresh SE breeze which enabled us to conduct a good set of tacks with the sails filled and plenty of weight in the sheets to give the youth crew a real sense of the power of the wind.
Overnight the watches will be keeping their first night watch of 4 hours during which they will learn how to helm the ship, keep a good look out and other watch on deck activities.
Until tomorrow, yours aye,