Ahoy there Shipmates, After a restful night at anchor in Ship Cove of Queen Charlotte Sound, the crew were woken by Sail Master Guv at 0630 and mustered on deck for an early morning swim and rope swing. We then dined on another of Lukeâ€™s delicious breakfasts of fresh fruit, yoghurts, hot fresh-baked pastries and the crowd favourite of bacon and egg rolls cooked on the barbeque. The 0800 Morning Brief included a â€˜Saltyâ€™ extravaganza explaining â€œSun of a Gunâ€. There was much laughter from all involved and then Nanna Diesel graced us with her presence and we added another couple of morning songs to our collection. That was of course followed by the usual Happy Hour. Soon after this we did what is called â€˜Oppositesâ€™, which is where the Youth Crew Command Team members have the opportunity to discuss their impending roles on Command Day with their equivalent Staff Crew members. Elspeth and I had a very productive discussion and I think the team is well placed to tackle the challenges of Command Day. After lunch my Staff Crew and I got dressed-up in our best holiday boardies and conducted the handover ceremony at which I handed Young Endeavour over to Captain Elspeth and her able-bodied crew. For them to use for Command Day to achieve their tasks and most importantly to have fun! On completion my crew and I all jumped over the side of Young Endeavour for dramatic effect. The water was in a word â€œfreshâ€. So over to the Youth Crew Captain Elspeth for her thoughts on the day, and until tomorrow at 1300 when the adventure of Command Day draws to a close! . . . Carpe Diem! One final thing, a very Big Happy Birthday to Carina, our Chef extraordinaireâ€™s beautiful bride!! Luke sends his love and everyone on board sends their best wishes and all hope you had a wonderful Birthday! Yours Aye Captain Dion Curtis Youth Crew Captain: Elspeth Ahoy there! So as of 1300 today I was handed over my Captainâ€™s hat and spy glass along with a set of instructions for the 24 hour period that is our Command Day. Our first challenge involved sending a team ashore to retrieve our navigation instructions that were stolen by a pesky Kiwi and hidden in a tree where Captain Cook once stood. Our brainy Nav Jay then set to work in plotting a course and making a plan of attack in order to arrive in Wellington by 0730 tomorrow morning, which is another of our task requirements. The afternoon involved the completion of a number of tasks by everyone on deck to ensure we can make the most of the time we have as this will surely fly! Just before 1830 we weighed anchor and departed Ship Cove and as at 1915 engines were off and it was over to us, how exciting! Our sail master Hayden has been busy on deck coordinating the setting of sails and we have picked up to a steady speed just over 3 knots. The sun is setting over the South Island as we sail into Cooks Strait for an amazing adventure on Australiaâ€™s National Sail Training Ship. Iâ€™ll let you all know how we go in tomorrow evenings instalment. -â€˜El Capitanâ€™ Elspeth
Sailing in Cook Strait, wind 310 at 20 knots.
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Day 2 found the ship tucked away nice and snug in the lee of the lovely, Mud Island in Moreton Bay. Hands were called at 0630 and the youth crew's presence was kindly requested topside for a bit of move and shake, for our first early morning activity. Then it was away to wash and eat before morning brief took place on the bridge after the formalities of our Colours ceremony at 0800. Dion hatched the plan for the day and then Theresa (our lifesaving and safety equipment expert) took charge for a collective closer look at said lifesaving equipment. Whilst that was happening, remaining staff weighed anchor under a gorgeous blue and sun drenched day and we commenced our pilotage out of Moreton Bay - with Emma the Navigator as our trusty Pilot. Once Theresa had completed her briefing, youth crew turned-to cleaning stations, or as we call it, "happy hour". Whales, turtles and dolphins frolicked as we sailed past them and then out into the Coral Sea we went. A large cargo ship tooted their horn, 'adieu', and we responded in kind. All the while our sea puppies set and furled the sails, had a wee break for lunch, then continued with same all afternoon. Finally, when watch leaders gave me the nod, I gave Dion a wink and he called the ship to tacking stations. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, it was with almost mechanical precision that this youth crew of ours, performed their duties in a well oiled fashion, and they did tack this ship, back and forth, several times to drill and practice the required actions to manouevre this beautiful ship through the wind. I was well impressed. Bravo I said, then Dion stood them down for half an hour. Dinner was taken at 1715, then the youth crew turned-to sea watches, to assist with navigational safety overnight, whilst the others slept soundly. Each watch would take a four hour trick to follow the navigation plan by helm, keep lookout duties and conduct hourly rounds throughout the night. Additionally they would consolidate sail handling and climbing procedures. If they didn't know, now they know - This here is a working ship and we have no passengers embarked. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+