38° 55' South
146° 6' East

Weather: partly cloudy, Wind: 245 / 20 knots, Swell: 1.0m from SW, Temp: 18 deg. C

G’day Shipmates,

Welcome to day 3 of our adventure under sail. The ship continued motor-sailing south-east overnight along the VIC coast. The wind abated during the middle watch and all sail was handed-in. Overnight the crew focussed on getting a handle on their watch duties. These include helmsman, lookouts and doing weather observations and engineering rounds, all essential things to keep the Ship running 24/day. During the morning watch the wind strengthened again and the fore-and-aft sails were set again.

As the sun rose, a cheerful Wakey Wakey song (attached below) from Blue Watch, who had the morning watch, encouraged the remainder of the crew to get out of bed after their first night at sea in Australia’s National Sail Training Ship.

As the youth crew dined on another of Aaron’s spectacular breakfasts (including porridge, cereals, fresh tropical fruit, bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, blueberry pancakes and fresh baked croissants) the Staffies brought the Ship to anchor off Walkerville South in Waratah Bay at 0930.

At today’s morning brief the crew heard from ‘Salty the Sea-Dog’ (Jen) who explained the nautical origin of ‘the heads’, being the Ship’s toilets, and the practice of a Ship having a figurehead. ‘Nana Diesel’ (Sumo) also made her first appearance, giving tips on shipboard hygiene and cleanliness. She then taught the youthies the first of her nautical songs ‘Crabs and Seashells,’ which was followed by cleaning stations or ‘Happy Hour’ as we call it.

Following Aaron’s delicious lunch we briefed the youthies on embarking and disembarking from the Ship’s rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB), after which we commenced transferring them ashore to get some exercise, have a swim and to prepare for 3-way chats, a public speaking and ice-breaker activity designed to get everyone to learn more about each other, which we planned to conduct tonight.

Everyone had returned onboard by 1600 and after showers and hanging wet clothes and towels out to dry, they all attended Rick’s Navigation brief. This is aimed at teaching the youthies what navigation theory they need to know in preparation for Command Day.

Dinner followed at 1730 and then we held 3-way chats. I was very pleased with the efforts put in by all the youth crew and we all learned more about each new member of the crew. We weighed anchor at 1930 and commenced our passage to Refuge Cove where we will anchor early tomorrow morning for approx 6 hours before commencing our passage to Deal Is.

Yours Aye

Captain Mike