Overnight ship familiarisation continued and Youth Crew climbed aloft to the upper top and beyond. This morning intensive training in safety, line and sail handling continued.
All Youth Crew joined at Townsville on time and at 1600 we were away from the wharf and motoring to Magnetic Island.
Last night proved to be a quiet night with the wind deserting us just north of Cape Upstart. After tacking the ship at midnight the light winds decided to come around to the northwest.
Having had a good night's rest we weighed anchor at 0800 this morning and commenced sailing to the NW towards Townsville. It has been another glorious sunny day.
Brother Nutzie's efforts proved worthwhile yesterday evening as a moderate SW breeze came in allowing the engines to be shut down.
Last night everybody had a go at climbing and most people made it to the top. Good effort.
24 new youth crew, all from Townsville, joined the ship at midday today. After lunch I introduced the staff to them and formally welcomed them onboard.
We have just berthed at the Mackay Marina having had another tiring night at sea with sleep regularly interupted by the requirement to tack.
Having had a well-deserved rest at anchor last night, it was up at 0630 for a spot of aerobics and some dance lessons. We weighed anchor at 0800 and motored out through Solway Passage.
Having finally completed our tacking drills yesterday evening the YC settled down into their watches overnight.