Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to day six of our voyage, after conducting challenging watches overnight, White Watch rocked our world with a self composed wakey wakey song, setting the benchmark for the day. During an epic morning brief we passed Ballina continuing to motor sail north in light and variable winds under a full press of sail.
With lunch completed the ship was rigged for silent running ship when all machinery was isolated and only the sounds of the sea and the wind in the rigging was heard throughout the ship. This enabled the Youth Crew the rare opportunity to contemplate and reflect to a time when tall ships were only powered by the wind and without electrical power generation. This was followed by the next round of ‘rope races’ raising the non-competitive stakes to a new level. Next each watch conducted discussed mid voyage talks where individual and collective progression was evaluated against the day one goals and revised for the second half of the voyage.
When the ship was abeam Cape Byron which marks the eastern extremity of the mainland a series of rotational tacks was conducted. This activity required the three Youth Crew watches to rotate through each of the tacking station positions enabling each member to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how the sails and yards are handled during this important manoeuvring evolution.
The intention is to remain at sea overnight continuing to make ground to the north closing our next scheduled anchorage in Moreton Bay. The Youth Crew have displayed remarkable teamwork and endurance today as the voyage continues to gain momentum.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.