This morning saw all hands piped on deck at 06:30 for a light Early Morning Activity (EMA) session and team building activity. After breakfast, the YC participated in the ceremony of Colours (raised flags and sang National Anthem), and were introduced to their first morning brief. Given the length of the pilotage to exit Morton Bay, I decided to weighed anchor at 0900 so that the Ship could make a good start on the 35nm pilotage out of the bay. During this pilotage the YC were kept busy with 'Happy Hour' (cleaning stations) followed by an in depth safety brief, training in line handling, deck safety drills and finally setting and furling drills. By 14:00 we were clear of Morton Bay and in open water, so to culminate the days training I called the Ship to tacking stations (put bow through the wind), this evolution is designed to ensure the YC have a basic level of understanding in the likely event that the ship will be required to wear or tack during the first night at sea. The YC completed three successful tacks, thus proving the watch and station bill, and signifying the end of the intense instruction of the first 24 hours. On completion of this activity it was time for dinner and once again Chef Sammi produced another memorable meal. We have now rounded Cape Morton and with just fore & aft sails set are starting to make good ground to the south.
As I finish this Captains Log for this evening, a tired but happy Youth Crew have settled into their watches for this evening and are currently experiencing their first full night at sea.
Until tomorrow, take care