Voyage name: 
V13/19 Sydney to Newcastle
04 Nov - 14 Nov 2019
33 36s
151 25e
Wind: SE at 15 knots Weather: Fine Sea: SE at 2.0 metres Course: 030 Speed: 5 knots Location: East of Broken Bay
Ahoy shipmates…welcome to day 2…a very busy day. After a restful night at anchor in Double Bay, the crew of YE awoke at 0630 to the soothing tones of George Ezra over the PA system. A few laps around the ship were followed by a quick game to further introduce everyone. Breakfast and showers were followed by morning brief at 0800, where we raised the flags and belted out the National Anthem with gusto. Navigator Tracey gave a short brief on the expected weather as well as some interesting facts about Port Jackson. Salty then explained the origins of Store High In Transit before I finished off with a quote and some encouragement. It was then into the harness and safety aloft briefs before all three watches completed their first climbs in cold and windy conditions. I am pleased to advise that all made it up and back safely, if a little nervously! After a delicious lunch (the butter chicken was to die for!) we rolled into the aptly named ‘happy hour’, better known as cleaning stations. On completion the youth crew commenced setting and furling drills and at 1530 we weighed anchor and made our way out of Sydney Harbour. When we called Sydney VTS to advise of our movements they warned us of 3-5 metre seas outside the heads whipped up by the 20-25 knot SE winds…perfect conditions for YE! As we left the heads we set a full press of fore and aft sails, shut down engines, and started making our way to the NE. Unfortunately a few of the youth crew were paid a visit by the dreaded green goblin, feeding the fish as we sailed along. The conditions have begun to ease and the youth crew have commenced their watch on deck duties, learning about helming, lookout, rounds and an intro to navigation. Some even ventured down to dinner! The winds will continue ease overnight and shift around to the west making things a bit more comfortable…not so good for sailing though! As I write we are just to the south east of Barrenjoey Head and intend spending the night at sea before heading into Broken Bay to savour the delights of Patonga Beach. Tomorrow night I will enlist the services of the youth crew to assist with Captain’s Log…until then, fair winds, Captain Kenny
Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain