Welcome to day two of our voyage. It was a clear blue sky and warm weather that greeted our new Youth Crew when they mustered on deck at 0700 this morning. Given the warm conditions we decided to start the morning with a refreshing swim (with rope swing) followed by one of Keely’s fantastic breakfasts. A short morning brief followed then it was straight into safety aloft briefs and first climbs of the foremast.
These climbs took just over three hours to complete but during this time we managed to get all of the Youth Crew safely to the topgallant yard (highest yard) which was a major achievement.
Lunch followed then just after midday we weighed anchor and commenced our 18nm pilotage out of Port Phillip Bay via the Western Channel. During this pilotage the Youth Crew conducted sail setting and furling drills and consolidated deck safety procedures with their Watch Leaders.
At 1600 in light conditions we safely transited through the notorious Port Phillip Bay ‘Rip’ and entered an unusually calm Bass Strait where put the ship under fore and aft sail, closed everyone up at tacking stations then in relatively light conditions completed our first set of tacks as a crew.
Early this evening we altered course to the southeast and in strengthening conditions have commenced our passage along the Victorian coast.
Overnight the Youth Crew will settle into their sea watches as we make best speed for Wilson’s Promontory where we hope to anchor in Refuge Cove early tomorrow afternoon.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.