Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to day two of the voyage. Following a well deserved and much needed good night’s rest the Youth Crew awoke at 0630 to a stunning Sydney morning accompanied by a cheerful tune from Sail Master Paul. After breakfast all hands mustered for the morning brief detailing the day’s activities and words of wisdom from various staff members. This was followed by ‘Happy Hour’ where the ship receives her daily cleanse.
Next Captain Safety alias Watch Officer Guv, presented a very comprehensive safety equipment presentation and demonstration ensuring the no matter what the situation the Youth Crew should find themselves in, that they would have the knowledge to overcome any adversity at sea.
At 1315 the ship weighed anchor and commenced motor sailing around a busy Port Jackson filled with yachts competing in the Sydney Regatta. The Youth Crew under the guidance of their Watch Leaders then spent the remainder of the day conducting line handling and deck safety, gaining the foundation skills required to work the sails safely during their adventure at sea.
After the ship had reversed course under the Harbour Bridge and passed in front of the Opera House the crew celebrated Assistant White Watch Leader Squizz’s birthday with a hand crafted chocolate mud cake for afternoon tea, whilst admiring the iconic harbour views.
At 1630 the ship exited Sydney Heads, conducted four tacks and wears before shaping a course south east into the South Pacific Ocean. Once clear of the heads the weather conditions consisting of a 15 knot nor’ easterly and a half metre swell immediately challenged the equilibrium of the new Youth Crew members as they adjusted to the increased motion of the ship.
After a magnificent dinner from Chef Luke, the crew are now settling into their first four hour night watches learning to helm the ship, adjust the sail plan and conduct engineering rounds (checks of the engine room compartment).
Young Endeavour is currently sailing along at four knots, making ground to the south east on a close reach port tack, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight at sea.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.