In our anchorage we are experiencing 18 knots of wind from the south east. About a half metre swell is coming around the point and rolling into the bay so we are rolling a little. The weather is showery and 18 deg with a significant wind-chill factor.
Ahoy there Shipmates,
Overnight the ship continued to shape a course north along the NSW coast towards Sydney. The 20-25 knot wind and 2-3 metre swell, both from the south, made conditions very challenging. The helmsman found it particularly difficult to steer a straight course as we were sailing on a quartering run and the stern was being pushed around by the swell. The watches were very busy through the night furling and clewing up sails as the breeze freshened. I decided to motor-sail to get us to our sheltered anchorage in Port Hacking as soon as possible. We anchored there at 0645 and the crew were then given some time off to catch a few quality Zzs before breakfast went off at 0845.
Morning brief was conducted at 0900, attended by ‘Salty and Bully-beef’ and ‘Nana’, which was quickly followed by ‘Happy Hour’. I then conducted Captain’s Setting and Furling Drills, which enable me to evaluate each watch’s ability to safely set and furl sails, without staff present. This is a requirement before progressing to Command Day. All three watches passed the assessment.
After another of Luke’s massive lunches we gave the crew some more time off to chill, read or sleep if they felt like it. 90 minutes later it was time for round 3 of Rope Races! Today’s bonus point round was for the best air-guitar player. The contenders had to ‘show us their stuff’ to the tune of Thunderstruck by AC-DC, of course!
I then briefed the crew on the aims and requirements of Command Day, which is planned to occur between 1pm tomorrow (Sun 03 Mar) and 1pm Mon 04 Mar. They were then given one hour to conduct their elections. This was achieved quite quickly and the results of the Youth Crew elections are as follows:
Captain: Tom Heath
Sail Master: Richard Thomas
Navigator: Radar (Brady Perry)
Watch Leaders: Annabel Arnheim, Shona Manning and Nathan Inwood
Watch Officers: Adam Rafferty, Kristin Proft and Tim Mew
Chefs: Bryanna Allaway, Jack Whitney and Amelia Cooke
Congratulations to all members of the Youth Crew for what they have achieved in the Voyage so far and to those successful office holders for Command Day.
The Youth Crew’s next activity was a practical exercise designed to highlight how essential good communications is within any organisation.
After dinner we screened the film ‘Around Cape Horn’, which details the adventures of Captain Irving Johnson when he sailed as an ordinary seaman through storms around Cape Horn onboard the massive bark ‘Peking’.
The intention is to remain in our current anchorage overnight and conduct the handover of the Ship to the Youth Crew at 1300 tomorrow. That will begin the adventure and challenge that is Command Day in Young Endeavour.
Until tomorrow evening when we will also hear from Youth Captain Tom.