Overnight and during the early hours of this morning the wind moderated to less than 5kts and given these conditions we had no other option than to hand in all square sails and motorsail the final 30nm to Jervis Bay. Just prior to morning brief YE passed east of Point Perpendicular and entered the confines of the very scenic Jervis Bay. On entry, much to everyone's enjoyment a humpback whale was sighted sunning itself and taking a well earned rest from its migration south. Following morning brief YE came to anchor just to the south of the picturesque Long Beach, which is located at the north eastern corner of Jervis Bay. After cleaning stations (happy hour) and a quick set of rope races the YC were sent aloft to sea furl all three squares, completing this task just in time for lunch. Following lunch and a short stand down period the rope swing was rigged from the coarse yard and everyone enjoyed a swim in the clear and very refreshing (cold) 17 degree waters of the bay. On completion of the swim the Youth Crew were ferried ashore to Long Beach to enjoy a leg stretch and for the more energetic some very competitive beach sports. By 1630 everyone was back onboard so straight away the anchor was weighed, sail set and under a strong north easterly YE departed Jervis Bay and shaped course for Sydney. During the night watches tonight the YC will complete the "Bear Exercise" (initiative and communication exercise) and continue to consolidate their newly found "tall ship" sailing skills.
Some of today's highlights have been the sightings of whales and dolphins, getting ashore, climbing the mast to put sea furls on the square sails and being at sea to witness today's spectacular sunrise and sunset.
Until tomorrow, take care.