Had some great down-wind sailing since leaving Trial Bay this morning. 30 kn SSW and with squares, jib and MSS set we have been achieving up to 11 knots.
Ahoy there Shipmates,
Overnight the Ship remained at anchor in Trial Bay. Sail Master Kyle woke us all at 0700 and treated everyone to a quick game of ‘Knights, Mounts and Cavaliers’ to get the body and mind active. At 0800 we held the ceremony of Colours which was followed by the usual Morning Brief and then Happy Hour. We weighed anchor at 0900 and then set the fore and aft sails as well as the Topsail and conducted a set of Demonstrational Tacks. So that Youth Crew could learn what happens on the bridge during a Tack or Wear we got two members of each watch to the bridge at a time and ran through Wears until everyone had witnessed one. We then commenced our passage north and once outside the shelter of the bay, experienced winds of up to 30 knots and swell that built to 3 metres from the SSW. The conditions tested the crew’s newly acquired sea legs properly for the first time.
After lunch I gave my first Sail Theory brief to Blue Watch. The aim of this brief was to equip the crew with some basic knowledge on the requirements of the Young Endeavour sail plan as well as the wind limitations of the different sails, which will be necessary knowledge for the Youth Crew on Command Day. That was followed by the next edition of Rope Races.
At 1600 watches were commenced and the Youth Crew enjoyed the challenges of steering the Ship with a quarter swell and wind.
It is intended to remain at sea overnight making ground towards our next planned anchorage at Mooloolaba on Sun 27.
Of note is that the Young Endeavour tradition of ‘Floral Shirt Fridays’ was followed today, as shown in today’s photo.