Ahoy there everyone,Â Overnight the ship continued west making ground towards Broken Bay on a close reach starboard tack, with fore and aft sails set. The remainder of the crew were woken at 0700 with an energeticÂ wakey, wakey song by White Watch. The day was clear and bright but unfortunately lacked any real wind strength as we conducted the usual routine of morning brief and happy hour.Next Watch Officer Matt presented an intriguing maritime Rules of the Road lecture, an important component of safely navigating the ship to avoid colliding with other vessels or running aground by correctly identifying various lights, shapes and navigation markers. On completion all sails were handed in due to the benign wind conditions and the ship motored into stunning Broken Bay as the Youth Crew climbed aloft and placed sea furls around each of the square sails.The ship anchored after lunch adjacent scenic Cottage Point, each of the watches was then transferred ashore to stretch their legs and hug a tree which is a reputable cure for motion sickness. Then with all hands back onboard round three of rope races was conducted by Engineer Mick, it was noted that a competitive spirit is starting to pervade this activity.After a stunning sunset the Captain cooked a â€˜teak deckâ€™ BBQ which was ravenously consumed under the stars. Next a three way talk activity was conducted; this enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of personal information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; and then present this to the remainder of the crew in the third person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking. The Youth Crew have now settled into anchor watches for the night in preparation for returning to sea the following day.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien
2300 at anchor - weather clear skies, wind W 3 knots, swell nil, temperature 17 degrees, barometer 1024 hpa
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