Currently experiencing moderate 12-15kt ENE winds with a 1m easterly swell. Our speed is 5.5kts and the temperature is 17 degrees.
Welcome to Day 2 of the voyage. Following a well deserved and much needed night’s rest the Youth Crew were woken to a beautiful morning at 0630 by Sail Master Evan, who treated us to an ‘ice-breaker’ deck game to wake us up. After breakfast the Youth Crew experienced their first ceremony of ‘colours’ (raise flags and sing National Anthem) followed by the morning brief at which time they met ‘Salty the sea-dog’ (Phil), who is the resident expert in nautical terminology. He will be a regular attendee at the morning briefs and it is his job to explain the origin of nautical expressions we use onboard. On completion it was straight into a harness brief which was followed by first climbs of the foremast, which were successfully completed by 1200.
Lunch followed then on completion of a more detailed Safety Equipment brief given by Brendon our resident Safety Equipment Specialist we opened the pool and gave everyone a chance to have a swim in the cool clear water of Fingal Bay.
With everyone safely out of the water we weighed at 1410 and once in open water altered course to the SSW, brought the ship under a reduced sail plan and shut down main engines. In near perfect sailing conditions we then spent the rest of the afternoon teaching the Youth Crew deck safety and how to set and furl most of the ships sails.
By late afternoon the Watch Leaders had reported that they were happy with how all of the watches were going so we called the Ship to tacking stations and successfully completed our first set of tacks as a crew which was the final activity of the day.
The time is now 2000 and the Youth Crew have settled into Watches overnight where they will take turns at helming the ship, keeping lookout and conducting hourly rounds ensuring that everything onboard is working correctly. The moderate ENE winds that we have been experiencing today are forecast to remain with us for the next 48hrs so we will continue to head south and enjoy these pleasant sailing conditions.
Currently we are located 15nm to the east of Lake Macquarie sailing under fore and aft sail and topsail and enjoying moderate 12-15kt ENE winds with a relatively small swell..
Until tomorrow evening, take care.