2300 at anchor - weather intermitant showers, wind WSW 12 knots, swell nil, temperature 15 degrees, barometer 1011 hpa
Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to day four, the morning commenced with an epic wakey wakey song composed by White Watch, arousing all from their slumber to breakfast. All sail was then handed in as the ship entered the imposing granite cones of the Kent Island Group through intermittent showers from the south via Murray Passage letting go anchor in East Cove, on the western shore of Deal Island. After an early lunch the Youth Crew were transferred ashore in the ships sea boat where they conducted a two hour return trek to the Islands now obsolete light house. Built in 1846, at 305 metres above sea level, it is the highest in the southern hemisphere.
On return to the ship the Youth Crew convinced me that a swim was in order after their arduous trek to the lighthouse. Therefore the course yard rope swing was duly rigged and the majority of our keen adventurers took the opportunity to swing from the course yard arm rope or plunge from the bowsprit into the invigorating waters of the cove.
The Engineer then conducted the next round of ‘rope races’ which witnessed our non-competitive event take a turn towards a competitive edge. Despite the misty drizzle through out the late afternoon a teak deck BBQ was cooked and consumed under the ships awning before all retired below for a three way talk activity. This enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; then present this to the remainder of the crew in the third person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking.
During a glorious sunset framed with a double rainbow, the ship weighed anchor and crossed Murray Passage to a more suitable night anchorage in West Cove, Erith Island. The Youth Crew then settled into anchor watches with the intention to remain at anchor overnight before departing tomorrow morning and recommencing our passage south east via Banks Strait along the Tasmanian East Coast
Until tomorrow evening, take care.