Currently located 10nm to the SE of Cape Tribulation and am experiencing moderate to strong 15-20kt SSE winds with a 1.5m SSE swell. Our current speed is 7kts and the temperature is 18 degrees.
Welcome to Day 2 of our Voyage. The Youth Crew awoke to a fine but overcast Cairns morning well rested after their first night onboard.Following an Early Morning Activity (EMA) and the normal large Young Endeavour ‘Big Breakfast’ the Youth Crew were mustered on the port side of the bridge and introduced to the traditional ceremony of colours (Raise the flags and proudly sing the National Anthem) which was followed by a short morning brief.
On completion, it was straight into first climbs of the foremast which were completed by 1130 with all watches successfully making it to the topgallant yard (highest yard) which was a great effort. Lunch followed then everyone got stuck into cleaning stations ensuring that the ship was spotlessly clean and that a high standard of cleanliness has been set from the beginning of the voyage.
At 1300 we weighed anchor, departed our sheltered Trinity Inlet anchorage then commenced our 6nm pilotage out of the Port of Cairns. During this pilotage the Youth Crew spent time with their Watch Leaders practicing deck safety and learning how to set and furl our fore and aft sails.
We continued with these activities until late in the afternoon then once the Watch Leaders were happy we set the topsail and jib in preparation for the commencement of tacking stations. At 1645 we called the ship to tacking stations and in moderate to strong SSE conditions completed our first set of ‘wears’ as a crew (put the stern of the ship through the wind or a jibe). Once completed, we furled our fore & aft sails, braced the yards square then commenced making good speed under sail to the north through the Inner Great Barrier Reef.
The time is now 2000 and the Youth Crew have settled into watches overnight where they will take turns at helming the ship, keeping lookout and conducting hourly rounds ensuring that everything onboard is working correctly.
Currently we are located 10nm to the south east of Cape Tribulation sailing downwind in moderate to strong SSE conditions.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.