Currently at anchor in Apostle Bay and enjoying light SSE winds with nil swell and the temperature is 18 degrees.
Welcome to Day 2 of our Voyage. Our new Youth Crew were awoken by Sail Master Kyle at 0630 to participate in an early morning activity (Knights and Cavaliers) and to witness a spectacular Whitsunday morning.
Breakfast followed then the Youth Crew were mustered on the port side of the bridge and introduced to the traditional ceremony of colours (raise flags and sing National Anthem) and a slightly longer than normal morning brief. Once completed, it was straight into a harness and fall arrest system safety briefs which was followed by first climbs of the foremast with all of the Youth Crew successfully making it to the topgallant yard (highest yard).
Lunch followed then everyone turned too at cleaning stations giving the ship a thorough clean (a clean ship is a happy ship) that why we call this period of the day ‘happy hour’. At 1330 we weighed anchor and proceeded out into the Whitsunday Passage where in moderate 14-17kt SSE winds we conducted a good two hours of sail setting and furling drills before completing our first set of tacks as a crew.
On completion of our final tack all sail was handed in and then we transited under main engines through the narrow passage between Hook and Whitsunday Islands around to Whitsunday Islands Apostle Bay coming safely to anchor at 1920.
The time is now 2100 and the Youth Crew are currently learning how to conduct engineering rounds and once completed Adam the Navigator will give everyone a brief on how to keep the ship safe whilst at anchor prior to settling into anchor watches overnight. Originally we had planned to start sailing north tonight but a number of the Youth Crew asked if they could visit Whitehaven Beach prior to departing the Whitsunday’s so we thought that we would try and achieve this tomorrow prior to commencing our passage north.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.
Yours Aye Captain Gav