Ahoy dear readers, Day 2 of our voyage began at anchor in Hunters Bay, Sydney today. Sailmaster Evan woke us all up for a 0600 Early Morning Activity on deck and Jarod knocked up some delicious breakie and then we all met again at 0800 to sing the National Anthem as part of our (the Royal Australian Navy’s) traditional Colours ceremony, where we hoisted our colours (Australian National Flag and the Australian White Ensign).
The plan for the day was then hatched before youth crew were introduced to their safety harnesses. Matty our survival and safety equipment expert, taught them all about: donning said harness, conducting buddy checks and the process for laying aloft. Then it was time, ladies and gents, for our young sea puppies to lay aloft for the very first time.
And up the foremast they went, aiming for the topgallant yard and out transversely. Not everyone made it to the top however, but I was a very proud Captain regardless. They all pushed themselves hard to go a little further and then another little push, before laying below. Well done shipmates, it’s a very difficult challenge and you gave it a good old crack.
Back below deck lunch was demolished and then Matty gave them a more thorough safety equipment briefing before weighing anchor at 1450. Sail handling was drilled within Hunters Bay, with setting and furling of the forestaysail and the mainstaysail. Then, when deemed competent, the jib and mainsail were set and we departed Sydney Harbour and out we went into a lumpy Tasman Sea with a 2m southerly swell. Of course there were some green faces folks, but that’s how it goes… and the fish were happy 🙂
Impressively, they cracked on setting the topsail and topgallant as we turned to port, shaping a course to the north east. After dinner, Youth Crew turned-to sea watches involving a 4 hour shift of watch-on-deck duties: helming, lookout and rounds responsibilities, while the other watches slept.
Anyway, it was a fantastic day… well done Youth Crew.
Until tomorrow night, goodnight and sleep tight everybody.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+
Wind 190 @ 20. Swell southerly @ 2m