Currently located within the Van Diemen Gulf and experiencing light 5-10kt NNW winds with nil swell. our speed is 7kts and the temperature is 24 degrees.
Welcome to day 8 of our voyage. Well Command Day kicked off at 1000 this morning and the Youth Crew have been kept busy ever since.
On taking command they were given one hour to do some quick planning then have us sailing from our anchorage which they achieved.
Since then they have continued to complete a number of tasks while still sailing us the 145nm to Darwin.
One of the many tasks to be completed during the 27hr command period is to write the Captains Log so please enjoy tonight’s edition written by Clare and Katherine, please enjoy!
Until tomorrow, take care
Captains Log 29 August 2016
Operation: Command Day.
Our mission, should we choose to accept it (spoiler, we did): to successfully navigate the STS Young Endeavour from Port Essington to Darwin.
Like any other day, the youthies awoke to another song choice from Sail master Evan (who is now rocking a sweet pair of groovy glasses), and somewhat resembling zombies, played a game of Evolution to start the day.
We savoured the last bites of Marcus’s cooking as we mentally and physically prepared to take the reigns. With the passing of the telescope of challenge, Wally, our fearless captain for the next 27 hours, took command of the ship.
Step 1: To get moving. We successfully weighed anchor and under the dutiful instruction of our elected sail master, Mitch, we braced the yards and backed the fore staysail to start our turn without engines to sail away from the beautiful Cobourg Peninsula.
Step 2: Set as many sails as we possibly can, exhaust the remaining youthies within the first 30 minutes of our command, and heave too hard and collect bruises. With a list of 22 commandments in hand, we successfully ticked off challenge 1, with all of our crew climbing aloft and casting loose the gaskets on the course yard and the main sail.
Step 3: Na na na na na na na na NAV-MAN elect, Alistair got us out of the harbour safely and has plotted our course through the Vernon passage towards Darwin.
Step 4: The children (at heart) of the group remained on decks, creating a mural of wondrous proportions and the chefs (Ella, Jake and Cheyenne), flourishing under Marcus’s last instructions, whipped up a cracker of a lunch!
Step 5: Feed hungry sailors. The crew remained busy taking watches, doing rounds and blistering in the sun with minimal winds. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we had to start up the engines to push us on our way. Even though dinner was 15 minutes late, our three Masterchefs continued to wow the crowd with their Michelin star meals. We’ll never say no to a Sunday roast on a Monday, 10 outta 10, better than Mum’s!
With the nerves passing and the initial workload easing; the crew have relaxed back into routine and we look forward to seeing how our journey progresses. With a list of well over 20 commandments left, including creating a hammock on deck and polishing all the brass on the ship…. Will we make it to the Vernon Islands before the tides change? Only time will tell.
Your faithful Red Watch members (turned White for the purpose of Command Day), Clare and Katherine
Just because people are doing extraordinary things doesn't mean they're not ordinary people. -Laird Hamilton (Surfer)