32° 42' South
152° 8' East
2300 at anchor - Weather heavy rain squalls, Wind W 8 knots, Swell nil, Temperature 14 degrees, Barometer 1013 hpa
Ahoy there everyone,
The ship remained at anchor in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens overnight. Aside from keeping anchor watches in the constant rain, this enabled the Youth Crew to achieve some well deserved respite. At 0630 all hands were awoken to a cheerful tune from Sail Master Matt. Then after a hearty breakfast below, all hands were again back on the upper deck with vigour for the morning brief before the rain intensified again and drove everyone below decks again. Once happy hour had been completed and the ship was sparkling, I presented a lesson on sail theory to the Youth Crew in order to consolidate the practical aspects of the deck and sail work that they have been conducting during the voyage.

Then after a magnificent lunch from Chef Squiz, the watches challenged themselves by once again proceeding aloft on the foremast in the intermittent rain squalls, pushing their mental and physical barriers to achieve personal goals, build confidence and develop inner strength, determination and drive. Once back on deck the watches then conducted further team building activities and individual challenges.

To sustain the Youth Crew work rate and morale, Sensei Chef Squiz once again served up a truly inspirational roast night meal with the help of his three apprentice master chefs (galley hands), this was followed by his famous ���kryptonite' chocolate self saucing pudding rumoured to even stop super seaman in their tracks!

To complete the evening a special movie was screened on the open deck under the stars, depicting a young man who sailed around Cape Horn in 1929 on one of the last tall ship cargo vessels. Many similarities and comparisons could be drawn 80 years later with our own band of young adventurers.

It has been another extremely busy and rewarding day for the Youth Crew. With the weather abating and rain clearing conducive to a peaceful nights sleep for all either side of an anchor watch. The intention is to remain at anchor overnight before weighing at 0630 and recommencing our passage south to Broken Bay in preparation for Command Day.

Until tomorrow evening

Yours Aye

Captain Damien