Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to day four, overnight the ship continued sailing under plain sail on a starboard tack making good four knots with the wind and sea continuing to abate. The morning commenced with an epic wakey wakey song composed by Blue Watch, arousing all from their slumber to breakfast and up on deck to witness passing under the cliffs of Point Perpendicular before entering the shelter of Jervis Bay.
The ship proceeded to a sheltered anchorage in the northern reaches of the bay adjacent Long Beach in the Montague Roadstead. Here we quickly drew an inquisitive crowd of pleasure craft. During the forenoon the ship was thoroughly cleaned before the Watch Officer JB presented an intriguing maritime Rules of the Road lecture, an important component of safely navigating the ship to avoid colliding with other vessels or running aground by correctly identifying various lights, shapes and navigation markers.
After a sumptuous lunch all Youth Crew were transferred ashore to stretch their legs, hug a tree and enjoy the surrounding crystal clear waters. On return to the ship the next round of rope races was conducted. This was followed by a teak deck BBQ cooked and consumed on the upper deck whilst the sun set on the surrounding hinterland. Next a three way talk activity was conducted; this enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of personal information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; and then present this to the remainder of the crew in the third person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking.
After this activity the Youth Crew settled into anchor watches for the night. Each are displaying commendable resilience and stamina whilst maintaining enthusiasm and a fantastic sense of humour. The intention is to remain within Jervis Bay for the majority of the day sailing in the calmer waters practising and developing sail and team work.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.