Overnight the ship tacked five times and not one of them at a watch changeover (the best time to tack). This was not the fault of the YC Captain, as I would have played a similar hand.
Command Day elections were held in the cafe yesterday evening after the ship anchored off Hummocky Is at 2000.
We weighed and sailed from the anchorage at 1000 having celebrated Mel's birthday with a huge cake for morning tea. The SE winds were still with us and the seas a bit lumpy.
Sailed throughout the night tacking at midnight and again at 0230. Each watch conducted a team work exercise during their night watch and from all reports they went very well.
Got underway this morning at 1030 after morning brief and 'happy hour'. We sailed from the anchorage in a seamanlike manner and set the squares to go for an enjoyable sail on a bright sunny day.
Yesterday evening we weighed anchor at 1830 and in short order we had fore and aft sails set and commenced working southwards against a strong SE wind.
Sailed throughout the night tacking at 2000, 0400 and again this morning at 0830. The fresh SE winds have made for some good sailing although seasickness has effected most YC to some extent.
With all youth crew onboard we sailed from the Mackay Marina at 1805 yesterday evening and an hour later we anchored off Round Top Island.
23 of the youth crew had joined the ship by 1530 and we got on with our program of getting to know one another and getting to know the ship.
Last night the Staff and Youth Crew entertained each other with the end of voyage concert and each watch provided us with some very amusing skits.