Currently we are located 35nm to the NE of Deal island sailing downwind under three squares and enjoying light - moderate 7-12kt SW winds with .5ml SW swell and the temperature is a cool 17 degrees.
Welcome to day eight of our voyage. The Youth Crew awoke to a fine but overcast morning. Following an early morning activity and breakfast we mustered the Youth Crew for morning brief where we informed them that we would delay the programmed morning’s activities so that they could enjoy a refreshing swim including the use the ship’s very popular rope swing prior to our departure from Garden Cove which was an extremely popular decision.
By 0915 we had everyone out of the water and once we had recovered the ship’s RHIB (Ships Boat) we weighed anchor and departed Garden Cove. Once underway I decided that rather than just shape a course directly to the northeast we would alter course to the south and transit through the very scenic Murray Passage and around the southern part of Deal Island so that the Youth Crew could enjoy the rugged beauty of this remote Bass Strait Island.
This afternoon in light south westerly conditions I conducted Captain Setting and Furling Drills which was followed by a presentation on Rules of the Road, Command Day Brief and to finish the afternoon’s activities Command Day Elections.
The time is now 2000 and we are located 35nm to the northeast of Deal Island sailing downwind under all three squares and enjoying light to moderate south westerly winds.
Overnight all of the watches will complete the ‘Apples and Onions’ activity as we continued to make best speed under sail along Victoria’s East Coast.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.