Currently we are located 6nm to the ESE of Bells Beach sailing on a broad port reach and enjoying moderate-strong 16-20kt NE winds with a .5m SE swell. Our speed is 7kts and the temperature is 19 degrees.
Welcome to day two of our voyage. It was still dark at 0630 this morning when we woke the Youth Crew for their first Early Morning Activity (EMA) onboard Young Endeavour. A hearty breakfast and morning brief followed then it was straight into safety aloft briefs and first climbs of the foremast. These climbs took just over two hours to complete but during this time we managed to get all of the Youth Crew safely to the topgallant yard which was a great achievement.
Lunch and a ship’s safety equipment brief followed then at 1300 we weighed anchor and commenced our 18nm pilotage out of Port Phillip Bay via the Western Channel. During this pilotage the Youth Crew conducted sail setting and furling drills and consolidated deck safety procedures with their Watch Leaders.
At 1700 we safely transited through the notorious Port Phillip Bay ‘Rip’ and entered an unusually calm Bass Strait where we put the ship under sail and shaped a course to the south west.
Early this evening the wind strengthened to 16-18kts so we took advantage of these conditions and closed the ship up at tacking stations and completed our first set of tacks as a crew which was the final activity of an extremely busy but very successful day.
The time is now 2000 and the Youth Crew have now settled into their sea watches overnight where they will continue to learn some more mariner and sailing skills.
Our current intention is to continue to sail to the south west overnight down to Cape Otway and if the conditions remain favourable will push on to the famous Twelve Apostles.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.