Day 2 – Port Phillip Bay
Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day two of the voyage. Following a well deserved and much needed good night’s rest the Youth Crew awoke at 0630 to a wonderful Melbourne morning and a cheerful tune from Sail Master Taffy ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½bound for South Australia’. After our Early Morning Activity and breakfast the Youth Crew mustered for the morning (not so) brief detailing the days activities and words of wisdom from various staff members, after which it was straight into cleaning stations (this activity is known as the ships ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Happy Hour’ with its own special song). Next ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Captain Safety’ alias White Watch Leader Tug, ,gave a very comprehensive safety equipment presentation and demonstration ensuring the no matter what the situation the Youth Crew should find themselves in, that they would have the knowledge to overcome any adversity at sea. During this activity the ship weighed anchor from Hobson Flat, Williamstown and commenced the transit across Port Phillip Bay in near glass like conditions. Then under the guidance of their watch leaders, the Youth Crew spent the remainder of the day conducting line handling and deck safety, gaining the foundation skills required to work both the square and fore and aft sails safely during their adventure at sea. At 1100 every mustered at midships and a Remembrance Day ceremony was solemnly conducted.By the early afternoon the Youth Crew had managed to set and furl most sails so the ship exited Port Phillip Bay, passing through the rip at 1630 and into Bass Strait. Once clear of the heads the first set of tacks and wears as a crew were executed. This evolution is an essential teamwork activity requiring every member of the team to play a critical role. This set of tacks concluded the formal activities for the day with the Youth Crew having just completed a magnificent dinner from Chef Snowy, are now settling into their first night watches learning to helm the ship and conduct engineering rounds (checks of the engine room compartment).Young Endeavour is currently motor sailing along handsomely at eight knots under fore and aft sails, making ground to the south west on a close reach port tack, looking as majestic and magnificent as only this ship can, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight at sea underway.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien
2000 at sea - Weather Cloudy, Wind SE 5 kts, Swell SW 1.0m, Temperature 20 degrees, Barometer 1009 hpa
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