After an afternoon of sailing and rotational tacks yesterday it was time to test the watches out with the ‘Bear ex’ in the watches overnight. The Bear ex is an exercise that encourages watches to conduct an evolution set for them by their watch leader with little to no staff envolvement. This maybe some thing like setting the storm jib, or bracing the yards from one side of the ship to the other. All watches performed their assigned tasks very well and as morning dawned, Magnetic Island appeared out of the hazy horizon. We anchored just before 0900 and morning brief. Cleaning stations out of the way, it was time to do round three of rope races and a quick swim off the side of the ship prior to a rules of the road lecture.All going well we’ll catch up the BBQ dinner missed at the last anchorage!Below are comments from some of the Youth Crew,Nakita Im glad that the rains have gone, the suns out, went jumping off the boat today, was great beautiful and warm.ChrisWoke up this morning to the first sign of fine weather. Had to climb up the mast to set the sails whilst the ship was moving. Going ashore today hopefully to play some sport and move around. Hopefully be able to call home and friends.Mel aka the blue watch melWoke to the lovley stomping of white watch feet on deck…. someone will end up tiped overboard before the end of this trip if they do it again. The staff have been beating us into line, we have the bruises to prove it! All in all, the trip has been great, and Hector hasnt managed to drive anyone too crazy, so thats all good. Looking forward to comand day… Watchout world!Until next tomorrow…Ian HibbardLEUT, RANVoyage Captain
Wind light and variable, nil swell, sky cloudy (but not threatning to rain!).
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Hi Everyone, Welcome to Day 5 of our voyage. Overnight and during the early hours of this morning we continued to enjoy a great sail around the southern Tasmanian coast with all of the watches kept busy with setting and furling sails and doing some practical navigation. By sunrise we were located just to the south of Bruny Island now just sailing under fore & aft sail and hoping that the day would get warmer, which sadly it didn’t. But the cold and a little rain hasn’t dampened our spirits and we have still managed to fit in a lot of great activities today and our young mariners continue to impress with their endless energy and motivation. That’s enough from me I will now handover to Riley and Jack who have done a great job of writing tonight’s Log. Until tomorrow, take care. Captain Gav
V03/23 – DAY 5This morning the youth crew of the STS Young Endeavour woke to the frightening sound of red watch singing a parody of Riptide by Vance Joy over the ships intercom. This was then followed by the message that blue watch, the watch that was on guts the night before, could have a well-deserved sleep in. While members from blue watch went back to sleep the rest of the crew made their way down to the galley to enjoy another one of Haydos fantastic meals. After everyone had had breakfast the morning brief was given at 0900 which involved informing the youthies of the day ahead and a very educational story by Matty on the origins of the nautical term “two six heave”. After the morning brief the crew went below decks for Chucky’s favourite part of the day: Happy Hour! (Also known as cleaning the ship hour). In the afternoon the three watches conducted rotational tacking stations. This involved the watches rotating through the positions that the other watches fill when we tack which helped the crew get a better idea on what happens when we tack. Captain Gav came up on deck to give us a crash course about sailing theory and the ships history. This was very interesting and gave the youth crew a helpful insight into why different sails are used depending on different wind conditions. Round 3 of the famous Rope races were then commenced at noon with a twist of the round being worth double points. This highly non-competitive competition ended with Blue and Red watch drawing making it a close race for the rest of the trip The biggest highlight of most people’s day was sailing through the straight between Tasman Island and Cape Pillar in the afternoon. We all gathered at the bow of the ship as we gazed upon the spectacular columnar basalt edged cliffs rose up on either side of the narrow passageway. We had to furl all the sails, which involved sending two youth crew members up the main mast in rough swells and high winds to gasket the sail. Engines where turned on for the first time that day so we could safely pass the straight. The effort was truly worth it as we passed the resident seal colony and schools of dolphins. One of the greatest things about the STS Young Endeavour is even though the ship may sway from side to side and youth crew struggle to walk straight without getting knocked into a wall; the ships Chef continues to work hard and impress us with meals made from a kitchen which is smaller than the size of most people’s laundry room. It continues to amaze me how he keeps this quality in these rocky conditions. Not enough praise can be given to the hard work this man puts in keeping everyone happy. Go Haydo!Hi mum and dad I’m still alive, somehow we are already halfway through. See you in six days. Jack. You probably won’t see this but love you to the moon and back mum and dad. Riley. Until next time… Youthies Jack & Riley