2300 at anchor - weather overcast, wind E 15 knots, swell nil, temperature 24 degrees, barometer 1016 hpa
Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to day three on our adventure under sail. The ship continued sailing along handsomely at five knots overnight around the Cumberland Island Group under all plain sail. Wind conditions consisting of a 15 knot sou easterly enabled good sailing to be achieved though the one metre swell continued to challenge members of the Youth Crew.
With the rising of the sun, an epic wakey wakey song from white watch, all hands were at breakfast with varying levels of consumption. After a quick set of cleaning stations (happy hour) the Youth Crew proceeded aloft and cast loose all gaskets on the square sails in preparation for running with the wind.
After lunch, the three square sails were set, presenting a magnificent sight running north at seven knots under a full press until the ship came under the lee of Scawfell Island. At this point all sail was handed in and the anchored in the scenic and aptly named Refuge Bay for the night, square sails.
Once at anchor the inaugural round of rope races was conducted. This activity enabled the Youth Crew to challenge each other in a non-competitive activity by remembering and identifying different items of safety equipment located around the upper decks. On completion the Youth Crew once again climbed aloft to sea furl all sails. With all sails neatly stowed Matthew Grenfell’s 23rd birthday was celebrated with a rousing song and hand crafted chocolate mud cake.
With dinner completed a three way talk activity was conducted; this enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of personal information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; and then present this to the remainder of the crew in the third person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking.
Anchor watches were then maintained for the remainder of the evening. The intention is to weigh anchor mid morning and continue north under sail.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.
Birthday Shout Out,
I have had one of the greatest birthdays today, despite being a little seasick this morning, today could not have been much better. I’m sending my love back home with a shout out to my Mum, Dad, brothers, work colleagues and friends ( including a special shout out to my best mate Peter Mitchell – Happy Birthday buddy!)
From my first shift at 0330 to my 2230 chance to sleep, I have loved this unique opportunity to spend the day sailing around the Whitsunday Islands with some of the best people I have ever met, while doing some of the most adventurous adrenaline pumping activities I have ever done. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!