Current situation at 1800: We departed Robe at 8pm after three way talks into a brisk southerly. Overnight the YC accomplished some teamwork goals and by the morning we the wind had gone and we were motor sailing towards Bass Strait. All the YC are well and feeling much better for their short visit to land. Most are over the sea sickness. Today we had a sail theory lecture and in the afternoon we had a mammoth period of setting and furling the sails – because we could. Later we had some very enjoyable deck games, courtesy of Rags and Mhandii, until the smellof PIZZA could no longer keep us away from the galley.We’ll keep going like this for another day or so…Command Day is on Wednesday and we are hoping for some wind too.Youth Crew entry by Dave Seiter, 17, Numurkah, Victoria.Hey guys,Currenty I am at sea, and loving it. The crew are a bunch of legends and so are the staff. I think that I may be over the whole seasickness thing but there are many days to go. Currently I am in an elite group of about 6 people who have digested every meal and not brought it back up. Jack and I feel TOUGH. At the moment the weather is fine and we are motor-sailing because we are lacking in wind. I amthe most home sick person on board to my knowledge, missing family and my beautiful girl Dani…Will be home soon to see you guys andhow is school in lazy old Numurkah??Seeya on Sunday Dave.XOXOXO Dani.Youth crew entry by Margi Saunders,18,Townsvcille, QLDHey dudes how you doin? having a great time here, learning lots,missing everyone heaps and loving the food – it’s fantastic. Just wanted to say hi to everyone back home and can’t wait to see you all in a weeks time, hopin you’re all ok. Give Billie my love and tell her i miss her. Anyway gotta go so peace love and happiness alwaystake care, Margi:)oxoStay tuned,Andrew Davis
At sea off Portland, motor sailing.Wind - zip, temp 17C
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Ahoy there dear readers, we’ve had a great run south since departing Byron Bay this morning around 0830. With freshening northerlies hitting 30 knots at times, we were flying along with all squares out, averaging 8-10 knots on a lovely, broad reach. We braced for the storm around 1900 off Yamba, but thankfully we were able to dodge the worst of it. The lightning show however was spectacular. Currently motorsailing SSW at best speed, as the wind has abated somewhat and we’re looking to find some shelter as the southerlies strengthen, day after tomorrow. Anyway, please enjoy tonight’s log by Tae and Severin: We started the day nestled in the beautiful Byron Bay. The ocean was tamer than previous days and we had the wind at our backs starting us on our voyage. At this point most of the crew had recovered from their sea sickness. These winds allowed us to set the square sails for the first time once we left the shelter of the bay. We climbed the main and foremasts in winds of up to thirty knots, climbing up with some transferring across the yards of the Top Gallant, Topsail and Course to loose the knots holding square sails. Crew resting on the deck and enjoying the sunny weather were at times caught unawares by the rocking of the ship, and slid into the railings. Crew members sitting on the bowsprit clung on, strapped in and enjoyed the exhilarating swell. The crew also enjoyed spectacular sightings of whales and dolphins as we sailed down the east coast of Australia. Cap’n Charlie Farley gave us the most invigorating lesson on sail theory we had laid eyes on and lent ears to, imparting upon us lessons of physics and sailing. Watch officer Chucky graciously shared his wisdom regarding the road rules of the sea to the youthies, teaching us about buoys, sea etiquette and the meaning of different horn blasts and flags, citing the youthies counted as dangerous cargo and we should be flying the Bravo flag (dangerous goods flag). We spent the evening serenading in the cafe with Charlie and Josh playing guitar, with everyone else playing Uno and singing along, except the white watch crew, who were braving the storm that had just rolled in. They were treated to some spectacular views of streaking lightning across the night sky. Signing off, Severin P.S. Lots of love to Mama and Dad, I’m having the time of my life, see you soon – Severin Signing off, Tae Stoked that you helped me embark on this great adventure love you mum- Tae.
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+