Currently we are located 20nm to the north east of Gove sailing close hauled under fore and aft sail and due to the light winds are only achieving 2.5kts of boat speed.The Current temperature is 22 degrees.
Welcome to Day 2 of our Voyage. It was a warm Northern Territory morning that greeted a well rested Youth Crew at 0630 this morning.
Following an Early Morning Activity (EMA) and quick breakfast we commenced first climbs of the foremast before it became to hot. These climbs took just over two hours to complete but during this time we managed to get all of the Youth Crew aloft with the majority making it to the topgallant yard (highest yard.
Morning brief then cleaning stations followed which completed the morning’s activities. Early this afternoon we weighed anchor, conducted our short pilotage out of Gove Harbour then once in open water the Youth Crew commenced sail setting and furling drills and consolidated their deck safety procedures.
By 1600 we were located 7nm to the north east of Bremer Island so the Sail Master called the ship to tacking stations and in very light conditions we successfully completed our first ‘wear’ (put the stern of the ship through the wind) as a crew. Once completed, we shaped a course to the west and in light winds commenced our passage to Darwin.
Highlights of the day have been the catching of two fish with the larger Spanish Mackerel being cooked and served for dinner tonight and the witnessing of a spectacular Northern Territory sunset from the deck of Young Endeavour as we slowly sail west.
Overnight the Youth crew will settle into their watch routine while we enjoy this light weather sailing. Our current plan is continue west to the Wessel Islands where we plan to transit through the ‘Hole in the Wall’ during slack water at 1400 tomorrow.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. -Paulo Coelho (Writer)