Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to day five, overnight the ship remained at anchor adjacent Honeymoon Bay, Montagu Roadstead, Jervis Bay. The morning commenced at 0630 with Sail Master Kim energising the Staff and Youth Crew with an invigorating early morning plunge into the bay for all those keen adventurers accepting the challenge to swing from the course yard arm rope or dive from the bowsprit. The overcast conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm as the Youth Crew executed some commendable acrobatic pirouettes, somersaults and water entries into the invigorating water. This culminated with egg and bacon rolls cooked on the upper deck BBQ.
After morning brief and ‘happy hour’ I presented a Sail Theory lesson to build on the deck and sail knowledge gained during the voyage. Navigator Kim presented a lesson in the fine art of maritime navigation. This was followed by a Sail Theory lesson and a magnificent lunch.
With satisfied appetites the Youth Crew attended a presentation by Watch Officer Matt detailing the maritime Rules of the Road, an important component of safely navigating the ship to avoid colliding with other vessels or running aground by correctly identifying various lights, shapes and navigation markers. On completion the ship sailed away from our overnight anchorage and conducted rotational tacks and wears in the middle of Jervis Bay. This enabled each watch the opportunity rotate through various deck positions to gain a greater understanding of this important manoeuvring evolution. This activity assisted in consolidating the sail theory and practical deck work instruction gained over the previous five days.
The ship then exited Jervis Bay during dinner and commenced shaping a course north on a beam reach starboard tack making a handsome spectacle under a full press of sail assisted by a 12 knot sou’ easterly. Overnight the Youth Crew will be challenged with a teamwork and leadership exercise as the ship continues to make ground to the north along the NSW South Coast.
It was also very rewarding to observe that collectively the Youth Crew had been awarded their sea legs whilst in Jervis Bay.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.