Currently located 18nm to the east of Norah Head and experienced moderate to strong NE winds with a 2m southerly swell. Current temperature is 14 degrees.
Welcome to day 2 of the voyage. Following a well deserved and much needed good night’s rest the Youth Crew awoke at 0700 to a wonderful Newcastle morning. After our Early Morning Activity and breakfast the Youth Crew were mustered on the port side of the bridge and introduced to the traditional ceremony of Colours (the raising of the ships flags and the singing of the National Anthem). After this we had our morning (not so) brief and on completion it was straight into cleaning stations (this activity is known as our ‘Happy Hour’ and even has its own little song).
On completion the Youth Crew were again mustered on deck were they were given a very comprehensive safety equipment presentation and demonstration by ‘Captain Safety’ (Dougy). Lunch followed, then at 1230 the lines were cast-off and we departed our berth at Throsby Wharf. Due to a number of shipping movements our departure from Newcastle Harbour was delayed by 30 minutes but during that time we continued with some sail work within the confines of the harbour.
With shipping traffic clear we departed Newcastle Harbour and entered open water. Under the guidance of their watch leaders, the Youth Crew then spent the remainder of the day conducting line handling and deck safety, gaining the foundation skills required to work sails safely during their adventure at sea. Even with the wind lifting to 25 knots and a 2.0m sea the majority of the Youth Crew showed remarkable resilience and determination in the prevailing conditions.
By the early evening the Youth Crew had managed to set and furl most sails and complete their first set of tacks/wears as a crew (turning the ship through the wind). This is a real teamwork activity and every member of the team has a critical role to play. This set of tacks concluded the formal activities for the day. The Youth Crew have just completed a magnificent dinner from Chef Squiz and have settled into their watches for the night.
The time is now 2000 and we are currently sailing along at seven knots under fore and aft sails, making good ground to the south. It is our intention to remain at sea overnight and head for the NSW South Coast.
Until tomorrow, take care.