Currently located 14nm to the NW of Hook Island and experiencing strong SSE winds with a 1.5m SE swell. Our current speed is 6kts and the temperature is 15 degrees.
Welcome to Day 3 of our voyage. The Youth Crew awoke to an overcast morning with strong SSE winds. Our choice of Apostle Bay for our overnight anchorage had paid off as it had us well sheltered from the forecasted strong winds whilst still having us close enough to ferry the Youth Crew to the most northern end of Whitehaven Beach which thankfully we achieved with a two hour shore excursion to this spectacular beach this morning.
By 1200 we had everyone safely back onboard and on completion of another amazing lunch we conducted a good set of cleaning stations (Happy Hour) which was followed by comprehensive brief on all of Young Endeavours safety equipment given by Loz our resident safety equipment specialist. On completion of this brief we held our first set of rope races. This activity is run by Danny the Engineer and is a competition between the three watches designed so that the Youth Crew quickly learn the location of equipment and the many sheets, tacks, brails, buntlines and many other lines onboard Young Endeavour.
With these afternoon activities complete we weighed anchor at 1500 and once clear of our anchorage set the topsail and in strong 25-30kt SSE winds commenced our passage north.
The time is now 2100 and being the first night at sea the Youth Crew are settling into the sea routine of watches and have commenced learning a number of new mariner skills. Currently we are located 14nm to the north west of Hook Island sailing on a broad port reach under a reduced sail plan and are experiencing strong to very strong SSE winds with some passing showers of rain. These conditions are expected to last for the next 24-48hrs and are associated with a frontal system which is passing over the majority of Queensland so we are still expecting some heavy rain overnight.
Until tomorrow, take care