Currently we are at anchor at Middle Percy Island enjoying light ESE winds with nil swell. The current temperature is a pleasant 18 degrees.
By sunrise this morning we were located 15nm to the south of Middle Percy Island sailing in light to moderate conditions. Rather than the normal morning routine of morning brief we started the morning with Captains Setting and Furling Drills. These drills are the final training activity prior to the commencement of Command Day and ensure that all watches can safely set and furl all sails.
Once completed I gave the Youth Crew 15 minutes break then went straight into the Captains Challenge activity which on this occasion was to plot the ships position, put it under a pre-briefed sail plan, wear ship then navigate us close to our anchorage at Middle Percy Island. This they achieved with a minimum of fuss and in the required time which was a great achievement and proved how much they have learnt since joining us.
Lunch followed then we proceeded into anchor at Middle Percy Islands West Bay. Once at anchor the Youth Crew were ferried ashore where they were given the opportunity to play some beach sports, explore different parts of the Island, look at the yachting memorabilia left in the Islands A Frame hut and enjoy the spectacular beach.
Early this evening with everyone safely back onboard I conducted my Command Day Brief which was followed by a ‘Burger Night’ themed dinner served on deck. Once we had cleaned up from dinner the Youth Crew held their Command Team elections, which is now being followed by the classic Tall Ship movie ‘Around Cape Horn’ which we are currently screening up on deck under the stars.
Once this movie is complete everyone will settle into anchor watches overnight ensuring that we are all well rested for tomorrows Command Day.
Until tomorrow, take care.