Weather - fine, Wind - 220 / 4 kn, Swell - nil, Temp: 22 deg. C
Ahoy there Shipmates,
At 0700, after a night of motoring into a 15 kn headwind, Horto and I conducted the Captain’s Setting and Furling assessment of the watches to confirm they were competent to progress to Command Day. I am pleased to say all the watches passed.
After the usual daily Morning Brief and Happy Hour I issued the youth crew with my ‘Captain’s Challenge’. That was for them to set most of the fore-and–aft sails in under 30 minutes. The benefit of this activity is it’s the youth crew’s first chance to operate as one large group. They need to organise, plan and execute the task in the time available. It is a good lead-in to Command Day. Tonight they will hold their Command Day elections and they will now be better placed to make an informed decision on who to vote for based on today’s experiences.
The next activity we rolled into was Demonstrational Tacks. We took the Ship to Tacking Stations and then conducted tacks and wears with groups of two youthies from each watch on the bridge observing the goings on. I explained what was happening as we went. We did this until the whole youth crew had been through. The aim of this was for the crew to observe what happens on the bridge so that if they are in one of the leadership positions on Command Day then they will know what their duties entail. The youthies then furled and clewed-up all sails as the Ship proceeded into our planned anchorage off Patonga in Broken Bay.
At 1300 Horto held today’s edition of ‘Rope Races’ and then Baggers ferried the watches ashore for a walk up to the Warrah lookout which afforded a fantastic view of Brisk Bay, where the Ship was anchored as well as Broken Bay. On return to Patonga the crew had a chance for a swim at the beach before returning onboard. We then recovered the Sea Boat and moved anchorage to Hungry Bay, which offers much better protection from the strong southerlies forecast for later tonight.
After that I briefed the youth crew on the aims and requirements of Command Day, which is planned to occur between 1pm tomorrow (Tue 10) and 1pm Wed 11.
We had another BBQ dinner at anchor tonight, whilst enjoying the sights of the southern shore of Pittwater. After dinner the youthies were then given an hour to conduct their Command Day elections and on completion Youth Crew Captain of Voyage 15/16, Daniel Wise, provided me with the results.
Congratulations to all members of the Youth Crew for what they have achieved in the Voyage so far and to those successful office holders for Command Day.
Before finishing up for the night we screened the film ‘Around Cape Horn’, which details the adventures of Captain Irving Johnson when he sailed as an ordinary seaman through storms around Cape Horn onboard the massive bark, the ‘Peking’. The intention is to remain in our current anchorage overnight and conduct the handover of the Ship to the Youth Crew at 1300 tomorrow. That will begin the adventure and challenge that is Command Day in Young Endeavour.
Until tomorrow evening when we will also hear from Youth Captain Daniel Wise.