Weather: fine, partly cloudy Wind: 340/14 kts Swell: easterly 0.5 metres
Welcome to Day 2 of the voyage. Following a well deserved and much needed night’s rest the Youth Crew awoke at 0630 to a fine Sydney morning. After breakfast the Youth Crew mustered on the port bridge wing where they experienced their first morning brief and met ‘Salty the sea-dog’ (Matt), whose job it is to explain the history of expressions in common use in our language, with a nautical origin. On completion of the brief it was straight into cleaning stations (this activity is known as our ‘Happy Hour’ and even has its own little song).
The crew then progressed deck safety training so that when we got to sea our new crew members could carry out the basics of setting and furling Young Endeavour’s sails safely. The Ship was also visited by ‘Captain Safety’ (Dave’s alter-ego) who gave a more detailed presentation on the items of safety equipment onboard. We stopped for lunch at 1115 and then continued our deck safety training in the afternoon. After a couple of hours we stopped for a swim and then made preparations to sail.
The ship weighed anchor at 1600 and departed Athol Bay for sea. The wind was northerly at 12 knots and the swell 0.5 metres from the east and the Youth Crew got their first taste of YE’s motion at sea. Once safely clear of the channel the Youth Crew began practising setting and furling the Staysails as we made ground to the east.
At 1700 Adam gave a briefing on the procedures for setting the Mainsail, after which we broke for dinner. At 1900 we set the Mainsail and the Jib at and then took the opportunity to shutdown the Main Engines and enjoy the relative quiet.
Next the Ship sent to Tacking Stations in order that the Youth Crew could experience Tacking and Wearing the Ship and what their individual duties entail. This is also conducted to satisfy me that the crew are capable of altering the course of the Ship during the night, if necessary.
On completion the crew prepared for their first night at sea. This will involve keeping 4 hour Sea Watches through the night, during which they will keep the Ship safe performing duties as helmsman, lookouts, and conducting below deck engineering rounds. No doubt the crew will sleep well after a busy day!