Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to day three on our adventure under sail. The ship continued sailing north east overnight under fore and aft sails making good seven knots in heavy seas and 30 knots winds on a close reach port tack, through Bass Strait. The Youth Crew remained engaged in sailing a tall ship each completing a challenging four hour night watch in the prevailing conditions conducting helm duties, lookout and engineering rounds.
With the rising of the sun in an overcast sky, the ship had rounded the Kent Island Group and conducted a wear before proceeding into Garden Cove and letting go anchor in the lee of Deal Island. The island was originally named by Mathew Flinders in 1798 after the captain of the first fleet vessel Supply and is the newest of the Tasmanian national parks proclaimed in 2001.
At lunch Chef Adrian out performed himself as usual providing a superb selection of fine cuisine. With lunch consumed the Youth Crew proceeded ashore in the ships boat to stretch their sea legs and hug a tree which is a reputed cure for motion sickness. The majority of the Youth Crew took the opportunity to trek to the island station keepers museum before returning to the ship.
With all hands back onboard by 1645 dinner was served, this was a magnificent BBQ. Then after a comprehensive brief by the Navigator Dutchy, the Youth Crew settled into their first night anchor watches, maintaining the safety and integrity of the crew and ship. The intention is to remain at anchor overnight prior to weighing tomorrow morning and continuing our passage north east on the adventure that is Young Endeavour.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.