This morning saw everybody awake and on deck at 0630 for some early morning games followed by one of Simon' s great YOUNG ENDEAVOUR breakfasts.
Following morning brief and the ceremony of Colours (raise flags and sing National Anthem), the Youth Crew tackled their first happy hour (cleaning stations) with zest and enthusiasm and before long the ship was sparkling (shipshape). As the morning was quite warm we decided to take advantage of our sheltered anchorage in Rose Bay and enjoy a refreshing swim prior to lunch and the afternoon activities. The anchor was weighed at 1230 and the ship proceeded out of Sydney Harbour under main engines. Under the guidance of their watch leaders, the YC spent the afternoon conducting setting and furling drills and learning the intricacies of tall ship sailing. By late afternoon under a pleasant north easterly breeze they had managed to set most sails and complete their first set of tacks as a crew. On completion of this evolution the YC were settled into their watches while we waited in anticipation for the forecasted southerly change. This change occurred at 1830 so it was all hands on deck to shorten in sail, tack ship and alter course to the north. As the YC have now conducted five successful tacks and a considerable amount of sail handling I have decided not to conduct any normal training tacks throughout the night but instead to focus on settling everyone into their watches for their first night at sea and concentrate on making as much ground as possible towards our first anchorage, which now due to the southerly change will be Port Stephens on the northern NSW coast.