Day 2 – Shoalhaven Coast
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 sensational morning and a cheerful tune from Sail Master Tug. During the Early Morning Activity we witnessed a magnificent sunrise framed by Sydney Heads. After breakfast the all hands mustered for the morning brief detailing the days activities and words of wisdom from various staff members, followed by cleaning stations (this activity is known as the ships Happy Hour with its own special song). Next Captain Safety alias White Watch Leader Dutchy, presented 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. On completion of lunch the ship weighed anchor and departed from Hunters Bay, Port Jackson and conducting a short transit out of Sydney Harbour into the South Pacific Ocean, shaping a course south for Jervis Bay. 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 the sails safely during their adventure at sea. By the early afternoon the Youth Crew had managed to set and furl most sails so the ship was called to tacking stations and 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 Sammi, 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 sailing along handsomely at five knots under fore and aft sails, making ground to the south on a broad 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
2300 at sea - Weather overcast, Wind NE 18 knots, Swell NE 1.0 metre, Temperature 23 degrees, Barometer 1008 hpa
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