Wind - South westerly at 8 knots, Swell from the South at 2.5 metres, weather clear with the occasional passing shower, temperature - 15 deg. C
Ahoy there Shipmates,
Overnight the Ship remained at anchor in Coffs Harbour. Sail Master Guv woke us all at 0645 and treated everyone to a quick morning swim and rope swing. We then got showered and had a delicious breakfast prepared by Super-nummary Aaron before Colours, Morning Brief and Happy Hour. I then gave a Sail Theory presentation to the crew aimed at teaching them what they need to know to develop and adapt a successful sail plan on Command Day.
After Aaron’s delicious lunch we raised the anchor and got underway on engines while the crew set the sails. Outside the shelter of the harbour the wind was 10 knots from the south east and the swell was 2 metres from the south. We set the Main staysail Topgallant Staysail, Topsail, Top Gallant, Fore Staysail, Mainsail and the Jib, and proceeded on a beam reach to conduct rotational tacks where the watches rotate through the other watches’ positions to see what they do for tacking and wearing-ship. On completion we handed-in sail, with the exception of the main and topgallant staysails which were centred. We then came up on engines to allow us to make ground south at the required speed. This was followed by the next edition of Rope Races. After Aaron’s afternoon tea of fresh baked muffins the crew then laid aloft to sea-furl the Topgallant and Topsails.
It is intended to remain at sea for the next two nights making ground towards our next planned anchorage at Broken Bay in the evening on Wed 26.
P.S. I have added photos to the logs from days 2-4. They will be accessible pm tomorrow.