V15/19 Eden to Sydney
30 Nov - 10 Dec 2019
Wind: W at 20 knots Weather: Overcast, passing showers Sea: Moderate Course: 350 Speed: 4 knots Location: East of Merimbula
Ahoy shipmates...and welcome to a very busy Day 2. After a peaceful night at anchor, saimaster James woke everyone at 0630 for a quick early morning activity on the upper decks, and then it was time for breakfast and showers. At 0800 we all gathered around the bridge for 'colours' ceremony (flag raising), belting out the national anthem with gusto. Morning brief followed, hearing from the navigator, engineer, chef, sailmaster and Captain, and then it was time for 'happy hour' (cleaning)...a clean ship is a happy ship I always say. Once the old girl was sparkling, the final watch to climb, white watch, ascended to the heavens, with everyone making it to the top and return. A fantastic lunch from chef Keely followed, then the watch leaders commenced drilling their young charges on setting and furling sails. At 1300 Morgs gave a detailed safety brief, identifying all the safety equipment onboard in preparation for proceeding to sea. At 1400 we weighed anchor and departed Eden...heading for the open ocean in mild seas and 10-15 knots of breeze, with the watches resuming sail handling drills. At 1600 sailmaster James gave the mainsail brief and we set the main and jib in preparation for 'tacking stations', where we drill the youth crew on their roles for tacking (turning) the ship. Once everyone was closed up we completed three tacks, with the youth crew gaining confidence each time. Unfortunately I have to report that the dreaded 'green goblin' (sea sickness) has reared it's head, and as the afternoon/evening progressed, more and more succumbed. Suffice to say dinner was a somewhat lonely affair. Never fear...the youth crew will quickly gain their sea legs...just no fun for a few of them right now. Overnight they will be assuming their watch routine, keeping four hour watches learning the roles and responsibilities of 'watch on deck'...helm, lookout, rounds etc. The conditions are forecast to ease overnight as we make our way north towards Jervis Bay. Hopefully tomorrow night there will be enough healthy youth crew to assist with Captain's Log...time will tell. Until tomorrow, fair winds, Captain Kenny.
Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ― Mark Twain