Welcome to Day 2 of our Voyage. This morning everyone was awake and on deck at 0700. Following an early morning activity it was decided to let everyone have a quick swim in the refreshing water of Nara Inlet prior to enjoying an alfresco BBQ breakfast served on deck cooked by Chef Simon and myself. Following breakfast it was straight into morning brief, which being the first for the voyage took a little longer than normal as their was a lot of information to pass on to the Youth Crew about the ships routines and the days activities. On completion of morning brief we commenced our first “happy hour” (cleaning stations). This is a really important part of the daily routine onboard Young Endeavour as it ensures that the ship is kept spotlessly clean. The rest of morning was spent completing a very thorough safety equipment brief followed by deck safety and sail setting and furling drills.
At 1430 the anchor was weighed and after departing Nara Inlet the ship was brought under sail for the first time for this voyage. By 1530 all of the Watch Leaders had reported that their watches could safely set the majority of fore and aft sails and had been fully briefed on their tacking stations. On receiving this report the ship was called to tacking stations and in perfect sailing conditions the Youth Crew successfully completed their first set of tacks as a crew. On completion of this activity we altered course to the north and after rounding Hayman Island shaped a new course for the outer reef.
The time is now 2000 and the Youth Crew have now settled into their watches for the night. It is expected that we will call the ship to tacking stations sometime during the early hours of tomorrow morning so that we can again close the coast and continue to explore more of the Whitsunday Islands prior to commencing our passage north.
Until tomorrow, take care.