22 Feb - 03 Mar 16
38 26 S
145 15 E
Currently at anchor just off the Cowes Jetty at Phillip Island and enjoying light SE winds with nil swell.The current temperature is 16 degrees.
Hi Everyone, Welcome to day seven of our voyage, `By sunrise this morning we were located 12nm to the south east of Westernport Bay sailing close hauled under fore and aft sails in light to moderate south westerly winds. Following morning brief we set the squares for the first time for this voyage then conducted a good set of demonstrational tacks. This activity gives the youth crew the opportunity to come to the bridge and observe how we tack and wear the ship and is a good practical demonstration in the lead up to Command Day. Once completed we altered course to the north then commenced our pilotage into Westernport under sail. During this pilotage I conducted Captains Setting and Furling Drills and am pleased to announce that all of the watches did really well and all passed this important activity. Once completed we kept the ship under sail and made an impressive sight sailing into Westernport Bay and around Phillip Island to the township of Cowes where we came safely to anchor at 1530. Once at anchor the Youth Crew proceeded aloft to put sea furls on the mainsail and the squares then once completed lay below for another amazing dinner which was cooked tonight by our celebrity Navy Chef Abbie. This evening I conducted the Command Day Brief which was followed by Command Day elections. To finish the day’s activities we are now screening the classic Tall Ship movie ‘Around Cape Horn’ on our big Young Endeavour outdoor cinema screen. Once the movie is finished we will go into anchor watches overnight ensuring that everyone is well rested for Command Day. Until tomorrow, take care. Yours Aye Captain Gav