Ahoy shipmates…Day 3…a magnificent day under sail! After a testing start to the night, conditions eased overnight…much to the joy of a number of youth crew. As alluded to by the girls below, it’s been a busy day. It kicked off with an interesting wakey wakey from radio blue watch, followed by breakfast, morning brief, a navigation brief from Jerome and happy hour…all before lunch. After lunch it was round 1 of ‘rope races’ was held, testing the youth crew’s knowledge, followed by some sail handling and climbing practice, before Tracey gave the ‘rules of the road’ (at sea)brief. It was then time for our first set of tacks for the voyage, making sure everyone was aware of their alloted positions. After 4 tacks and a wear in near perfect conditions…sunny with 15 knots from the north east, we settled into watches for the night, enjoying a spectacular sunset before wearing ship once more to head back towards the coast (currently 50 miles to the east). A southerly change is expected overnight which should push us back to the west under sail. That’s about it for now, I’ll hand you over to Sam and Jess for more detail. Until tomorrow, fair winds, Captain Kenny.———-Hi itâ€™s Sam and Jess from Red Watch on day 3. A beautiful morning this morning, sun was shining and water was calm. Another busy day today on the high seas learning how to tack the ship, how to navigate and the road rules of the sea. We had to turn the ship around to face the wind and then adjust the sails accordingly. Our team work skills were tested and there was a bit of passionate yelling from one end of the ship to the other. We saw what we first thought was a shark but thankfully it was a seal flopping about, a couple of unconfirmed whale and dolphin sightings too. Also have to mention non-competitive ropes competition where we were tested on ship safety. Although won by the white watch group (much to our dismay) not all is lost, we will be brushing up on our knowledge before tomorrowâ€™s non-competitive competition. Ended the day with a sunset dinner of salmon, pasta and veges, and the boys brought the guitar up on deck for a bit of a sing-a-long. Definitely a 5 star meal.
Reports of sea sickness have also died down since last night (a huge relief) but a couple of us are still finding our sea legs. Waterâ€™s been a bit rough these past few days (makes sleeping on the top bunk a challenge) but it looks like weâ€™re expecting a bit of clear weather. Sunâ€™s still shinning and smiles all round
Quick shout out to the farmers, hope thereâ€™s a bit of water and the fires are under control and to Clan Preston in Canberra ïŠ
And a joke to end: Whatâ€™s the best thing about Switzerland? I donâ€™t know but the flagâ€™s a big plus
Wind: NE at 6 knots Weather: Fine Sea: Calm Course: 339 Speed: 2 knots Location: 50 nm east of Broken Bay
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Day 2 found the ship tucked away nice and snug in the lee of the lovely, Mud Island in Moreton Bay. Hands were called at 0630 and the youth crew's presence was kindly requested topside for a bit of move and shake, for our first early morning activity. Then it was away to wash and eat before morning brief took place on the bridge after the formalities of our Colours ceremony at 0800. Dion hatched the plan for the day and then Theresa (our lifesaving and safety equipment expert) took charge for a collective closer look at said lifesaving equipment. Whilst that was happening, remaining staff weighed anchor under a gorgeous blue and sun drenched day and we commenced our pilotage out of Moreton Bay - with Emma the Navigator as our trusty Pilot. Once Theresa had completed her briefing, youth crew turned-to cleaning stations, or as we call it, "happy hour". Whales, turtles and dolphins frolicked as we sailed past them and then out into the Coral Sea we went. A large cargo ship tooted their horn, 'adieu', and we responded in kind. All the while our sea puppies set and furled the sails, had a wee break for lunch, then continued with same all afternoon. Finally, when watch leaders gave me the nod, I gave Dion a wink and he called the ship to tacking stations. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, it was with almost mechanical precision that this youth crew of ours, performed their duties in a well oiled fashion, and they did tack this ship, back and forth, several times to drill and practice the required actions to manouevre this beautiful ship through the wind. I was well impressed. Bravo I said, then Dion stood them down for half an hour. Dinner was taken at 1715, then the youth crew turned-to sea watches, to assist with navigational safety overnight, whilst the others slept soundly. Each watch would take a four hour trick to follow the navigation plan by helm, keep lookout duties and conduct hourly rounds throughout the night. Additionally they would consolidate sail handling and climbing procedures. If they didn't know, now they know - This here is a working ship and we have no passengers embarked. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+