Ahoy there everyone,Overnight the ship remained at anchor in Garden Cove, Deal Island. Just after the sun crested the horizon the Youth Crew were energetically commencing their Early Morning Activity on the upper deck. After a hearty breakfast below, all hands were again back on the upper deck with vigour for the morning brief during which time the Salty Sea Dog Watch Officer Tug regaled us with tales of a bygone era when ships were made of wood and sailors were made of steel.After happy hour (cleaning stations) the Navigator Dutchy presented a lesson on maritime navigation explaining the intricacies of charts and fixing the ships position utilising various instruments. Next each watch lay aloft on the masts to consolidate climbing techniques before a sumptuous lunch by Chef Adrian.After lunch Engineer Leon conducted rope races which required the Youth Crew to identify and locate various items on the upper decks in a non-competitive event. Next Watch Officer Tug presented a ‘Rules of the Road’ lecture, an important component of safely navigating the ship to avoid colliding with other vessels or running aground.With the weather slowly abating the ship weighed anchor at 1700 and conducted a tour of split passage before re-commencing our passage northwest sailing under fore and aft sails on a close reach port tack. It is pleasing to see that all Youth Crew have gained their sea legs and are participating in each activity or evolution with vigour.It has been another extremely busy and rewarding day for the Youth Crew. With the sea and swell conducive to a peaceful night sleep for all either side of a four hour bridge watch, during which each watch will conduct a leadership and teamwork exercise. The intention is to remain at sea overnight making ground towards Wilsons Promontory.Until tomorrow evening.Yours ayeCaptain Damien Â Â Â
2300 at sea - Weather cloudy, Wind SW 13 knots, Swell W 1.0 metre, Temperature 17 degrees, Barometer 1010.
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