Welcome to Day 2 of our Voyage. The Youth Crew awoke to a fine but smoky morning caused by controlled back burns taking place in Western Sydney over the past couple of days. Following an Early Morning Activity (EMA) and the normal big Young Endeavour breakfast the Youth Crew were mustered on the port side of the bridge and introduced to the traditional ceremony of colours (raise the flags and sing the National Anthem) which was followed by morning brief.
Once completed, it was straight into the first set of cleaning stations (a clean ship is a happy ship) then to finish the morningâ€™s activities Taffy the Shipâ€™s Safety Equipment Officer gave a very comprehensive brief on all of the shipâ€™s safety equipment.
Lunch followed then at 1300 we weighed anchor and conducted our pilotage out of Sydney Harbour doing our best to get out of the way of a large flotilla of yachts competing in a Sunday afternoon yacht race.
Once we had cleared Sydney Heads the Youth Crew were kept busy with deck safety and sail setting and furling drills. At 1555 tacking stations were called and the Youth Crew proved that they had â€œhoisted inâ€ the previous hours of instruction by successfully completing their first set of tacks as a crew. On completion of the last tack we altered course to the south and in light to moderate north easterly conditions commenced our passage to Jervis Bay.
The time is now 2030 and the Youth Crew have now settled into their watches for the night. Currently the forecast is for favourable conditions overnight so if all goes to plan we should enter Jervis Bay tomorrow afternoon prior to a forecast south westerly change.
Until tomorrow, take care.
Currently located 30nm to the south east of Sydney and experiencing moderate-strong 12-17kt NNE winds with a 1-2m SSE swell. Our current speed is 6kts and the temperature is 16 degrees.
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- Arkady Walker, Elected youthie Captain.