Welcome to Day 2 of the voyage. Firstly the good news is that everyone successfully managed to make it to the topgallant yard last night and given the poor weather conditions this really was a major achievement.
Today's program started early with an Early Morning Activity (EMA) at 0630 followed by a huge breakfast. At 0800 the Youth Crew were mustered on the bridge and introduced to the ceremony of colours (raise flags and sing National Anthem) then turned to at their first set of cleaning stations (happy hour). Once the Ship was spotlessly clean they were again mustered on deck and given a detailed safety equipment brief by Taffy the Bosun. Whilst this activity was occurring the rest of the Staff Crew took the opportunity to conduct a fire exercise. To complete a very busy morning the Watch Leaders individually took their watches through deck safety and line handing. At 1300 the anchor was weighed and Young Endeavour departed her Exmouth anchorage. While completing the passage out of Exmouth Gulf the Youth Crew turned to at setting and furling drills and due to a freshening 15-18kt south westerly, very quickly gained an appreciation of what it is like to set large sails in relatively strong winds. Tacking stations were called at 1615 and the Youth Crew proved that they had "hoisted in" the past 24 hours of instruction by successfully completing their first set of tacks as a crew. To complete the day's activities I initiated a man overboard exercise (MOBEX) so that the YC could be given the experience of handing in all sail and recovering someone (in this case a lifebuoy) from the water. Early evening saw us round North West Cape and under a strengthening south westerly shape a new course to the south. Overnight the YC will settle into their watch routines as the ship starts to make ground down the Western Australian Coast.
Until tomorrow, take care