The YE Crew awoke early this morning to a cool but fine Trial Bay morning. Once morning brief and happy hour (cleaning stations0 were complete I briefed the YC on how to sail away from anchor and in brilliant conditions YE successfully completed this evolution, and in doing so, provided the residents of South West Rocks a good view of the Ship under sail as we departed Trial Bay. Early afternoon saw us conduct another set of very competitive rope races which was followed by a weather presentation given by our resident Meteorologist LEUT Damien Everett RANR (Damo the Met). On completion I took the opportunity to spend time with each of the watches to discuss sail theory and in particular, the intricacies of sailing Young Endeavour. Late afternoon found us 30nm to the south east of Trial Bay still pushing hard to windward against a 20-25kt south westerly and battling a 3m swell. Throughout the night watches tonight the YC will complete both the "Apples and Onions" and "BEAREX" (initiative, communication & teambuilding exercises) as the Ship continues to battle its way south against these strong headwinds.
The weather is forecast to improve tomorrow so hopefully we will start to experience some more favourable conditions.
Until tomorrow, take care.