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.
Yesterday we left our intrepid Youth Crew with the first part of their mission completed, having safely brought the ship to anchor off Scawfell Island and delivering the Beach Assault Team ashore.
The big day has arrived and the Youth Crew have taken over the ship. Thus far all has gone well.
Last night was another very pleasant sail with light south-easterlies of 10-15 knots.
We have kept a light but steady breeze today enabling us to catch up on all the sail training we needed for this stage of the voyage.