V04/19 Hobart to Sydney
14 Feb - 24 Feb 2019
Wind: SW at 7kts Weather: Overcast Swell: Nil Location: At anchor Jervis Bay
Ahoy shipmates...welcome to Day 7. Overnight we had a leisurely run up the NSW south coast under squares, with the wind slowly abating. During their watches, the Youth Crew conducted an activity called 'stop, start, continue' where each is given feedback by their shipmates on things they should stop doing, start doing, and/or continue doing. At 0730 this morning we made our way into Jervis Bay and rolled straight into Demonstrational Tacks. 2 youth crew from each watch came to the bridge to be talked through how we tack the ship...valuable information prior to Command Day. Once we had completed 4 tacks and a wear it was time for Captain's Setting and Furling. This is where, assisted by engineer Horto, I assess the Youth Crew's ability to set and furl sails safely. I am pleased to report that they all were successful. At 1300 the ship came to anchor in the south eastern corner of Jervis Bay, and the Youth Crew were ferried ashore near a place called 'hole in the wall' for some beach games and swimming (bit cool for my liking). On their return it was another teak deck bbq, savouring the late afternoon. Once we had cleaned up from dinner, I gave the Command Day brief, discussing the roles to be filled and some tips on how to have fun and be safe. The Youth Crew then conducted their elections, with the results as follows: Captain - Paige, Sailmaster - Luke W Navigator - Damon, Watch Officer - Tom, Watch Leaders - Carlton, Riley and Georgie, and Chefs - Jules, Max M and Courtney. Congratulations to all. As I type the Youth Crew have settled in for an open air movie on the upper decks...the documentary 'Around Cape Horn'...motivation for the coming Command Day. It will then be into anchor watches overnight in preparation for the challenges that lie ahead...exciting times. That's it for now...as always, fair winds, Captain Kenny
The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sails.