Welcome to day 7 of our voyage. The anchor was weighed at 0530 this morning and Young Endeavour departed Upstart Bay under main engines. Once in open water the ship was brought under a reduced sail plan and in pleasant conditions we continued our passage north.
Throughout the day we continued with the training program, firstly with Captains setting and furling drills. These drills are the final training activity prior to the commencement of Command Day and ensure that all watches can safely set and furl all sails. This was then followed by the Captains Sail Challenge which on this occasion required the Youth Crew to bring the Ship under a full press of sail without the assistance of their Watch Leaders. This they achieved in a relatively short period of time which was extremely pleasing as it proved to the staff that the Youth Crew had ‘hoisted in’ the previous days of training.
By 1530 we were located 4nm to the north east of Magnetic Island so all sail was handed in and we proceeded to anchor in Magnetic Islands picturesque Horseshoe Bay. This evening we enjoyed another rain interrupted teak deck BBQ which was followed by my Command Day brief and Command elections.
The time is now 2100 and the Youth Crew have just completed their elections. This was the final activity for the day so we have now reverted the ship to anchor watches for the night which will ensure that everyone enjoys a good nights rest in preparation for the commencement of tomorrows much anticipated Command Day.
Until tomorrow, take care.