Day 3 – Gold Coast
Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day three on our adventure under sail. The ship continued motor sailing south overnight making good four knots in heavy seas with 2.5 metre swell and 30 knots south east winds as the ship rounded the northern tip of Moreton Island. This provided a very challenging first night at sea for the Youth Crew with the majority of the crew experiencing a form of motion sickness. With the rising of the sun in an overcast sky, the ship continued shaping a course south. After an extremely quiet breakfast, the Youth Crew were stood down to achieve some respite after an exhausting yet rewarding first night at sea. At mid morning one of the Youth Crew’s medication was not proving effective at sea so the ship reversed course and proceeded back towards Moreton Bay.The following sea provided a more stable course and the Youth Crew responded respectively. Lunch was again a very quiet affair. Prior to dinner all hands mustered on deck where Engineer Leon conducted round one of non-competitive Rope Races enabling the Youth Crew to challenge themselves by remembering and identifying different items of safety equipment located around the upper decks. This was followed a magnificent feast by Chef Squizz as the ship entered the calmer waters in the lee of Moreton Island. Once inside Moreton Bay a boat transfer was conducted with the Water Police enabling the Youth Crew member and one of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme staff to proceed ashore. The ship then reversed course again and proceeded out of Moreton Bay. The Crew have now settled into sea watches overnight keeping the ship functioning safely as we continue making ground south at five knots along the Gold Coast in abating seas. Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien
2300 at sea - Weather scattered cloud, Wind SE 16 knots, Swell SE 1.0 metre, Temperature 20 degrees, Barometer 1017 hpa
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