Welcome to Day 3 of our voyage. Overnight and during the early hours of this morning we continued to make good speed to the north still utilising main engines due to light NNE winds. Regrettably with these light winds we have also been experiencing an unpleasant 1.5-2m easterly swell which o has caused a number of our young mariners to succumb to the dreaded sailors curse of â€˜seasicknessâ€™ but hopefully this will quickly pass.
Given these conditions the only activities conducted this morning were morning brief, a quick set of cleaning stations and just before lunch an informative navigation brief given by Luke our resident Navigator.
Early this afternoon we held our first set of rope races. This activity is run by Horto the Engineer and is a competition between the three watches designed so that the Youth Crew quickly learn the location of equipment and the many sheets, tacks, brails, buntlines and many other lines onboard Young Endeavour. From my observations this is an extremely competitive Youth Crew and already they have been quick to learn where everything is.
Once completed the wind started to freshen from the NE which enabled us to set more fore and aft sail, shut down main engines and conduct our first set of tacks as a crew. Later this afternoon the wind veered further to the east which allowed us to set both the topsail and topgallant which was the first time for this voyage that we have used our square sails.
Currently we are located 8nm to the north east of Breaksea Spit which is the most northern point of Fraser Island enjoying sailing in near perfect conditions. Most of the Youth crew have now gotten over their seasickness and those that havenâ€™t should improve overnight.
Our intentions are to enter Harvey Bay overnight and to proceed to anchor at Fraser Islands Platypus Bay later tomorrow morning.
Until tomorrow, take care
Currently located 8nm to the NE of Breaksea Spit and enjoying moderate 10-15kt ENE winds with a 1m ESE swell. Our current speed is 5kts and the temperature is 18 degrees.