Hi Everyone,Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Welcome to day four of our voyage. The wind was forecast to strengthen to 20-30kts from the north on the East Coast of Tasmania this morning so we pushed hard overnight to get as far north as possible to avoid the worst of this weather.By morning brief we had rounded Eddyston Point and had entered Banks Strait where the wind backed to the northeast allowing us to put the ship under fore and aft sail and enjoy sailing through this infamous stretch of water which on this occasion was unusually calm.Following the normal morning activities of morning brief and cleaning stations James the Navigator gave an informative brief on navigation which was followed by lunch.At 1300 it was straight into another round of Rope Races which was meant to be followed by a set of Rotational Tacks but by this time the wind had become light and variable and as with most of Southern Australia the temperature had risen into the mid 30s. Given these conditions we decided to hand in all sail and shape a new course for Lady Barren Island where at 1500 we came safely to anchor in Thunder and Lightning Bay.Once at anchor the Youth Crew were quickly ferried ashore where they enjoyed another leg stretch and a refreshing swim in the cool clear water of this very remote bay.By 1700 everyone was back onboard and following another great dinner we weighed anchor and headed out into Bass Strait where we again set fore and aft sail and in light to moderate north easterly winds commenced sailing west along the North Coast of Tasmania.Late this evening we expect the wind to back to the south west then we will tack ship and shape a new course to the north and Deal Island which we have planned as our next anchorage.Until Tomorrow, take careÂ Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently we are located 10nm to the west of Lady Barren Island sailing close hauled in light to moderate NNE winds with a .5 Nw swell. Our speed is 5kts and the current temperature has dropped to a pleasant 20 degrees.
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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