“Good evening dear readers, morning of day 2 of our voyage found us safely at anchor in Athol Bay which is right in front of Taronga Zoo (or right behind!?). Fantastic views of the harbour city BTW, which I might have mentioned last night? Oh well… I am an unashamedly massive fan of Sydney Harbour.
There you have it. So then, we raised the flags and sang our national anthem at 0800, before our morning brief with Sailmaster Kyle detailing the plan for the day. Then it was time for youthies to grab their harnessess, as our resident safety equipment expert and White Watch Leader, Bobby, gave a harness and safety aloft brief and then we all lay aloft the foremast to the topgallant. I can proudly say that every youthie made it all the way up! I was so pleased and proud. I hope they are pleased and proud of themselves too, as they all should be.
Anywho, they lay below and ate lunch before cleaning the ship. We call it Happy Hour! Again youthies did us all proud as they dusted and scrubbed and made the ship shine. Well done. More safety equipment was next when local safety super hero, Captain Safety, landed onboard to give youthies a thorough safety brief and tour, talking about all our lifesaving and survival gear. Thanks Captain Safety, fly safe 🙂 (gee, he looked a lot like Blue Watch Leader Keithy! hmmm…). The ship then weighed anchor and we proceeded through the fog to exit the harbour (pea soup anyone?), conducting setting and furling drills enroute. A little lumpiness out in the Tasman Sea, dear readers, and the fish were happy to see us.
Youth crew however Â perseveredÂ through the sea sickness with more sail handling drills, before handing in sail and motoring to the south. Not enough wind unfortunately.
We’ll continue south overnight ladies and gents, with youthies settling in to watches, conducting Watch on Deck duties such as helm, lookout and engineering rounds. They might even do some more climbing. Very happy with their progress thus far, they’re not only quick learners, they’re also willing to push through fears and challenges and achieve what they put their mind to. Great day. Stay safe readers”.
Adam Charlie Farley+
Wind: NE @ 10kts. Swell: E @ 1m. Temp: 17. Weather: Overcast.