Day 3 – Inner Great Barrier Reef
Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day three on our adventure under sail. The ship continued motor sailing south east overnight under fore and aft sails making good four knots with abating wind and swell on a close reach port tack, through the Inner Great Barrier Reef. The Youth Crew remained immersed in the challenge of sailing a tall ship each completing a busy four hour night watch conducting helm duties, lookouts, engineering rounds and climbing aloft. With the rising of the sun (partly obscured) the promise of a new day and a cheerful wakey wakey song from Blue Watch, many of the Youth Crew experienced a wonderful new sensation that of being completely surrounded by an endless body of water after their first 24 hours at sea. After morning brief and ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Happy Hour’ the forenoon consisted of sail handling, watch consolidation and concluded with Navigator Joel presenting his Navigation brief proving to all that in fact the earth was not flat but spherical, to the amazement of many of the Staff Crew and to my consternation, next he would be telling everyone that mermaids didn’t exist. At lunch Chef Snowy out performed himself as usual and provided a superb selection of fine cuisine. Then to invigorate everyone after a full stomach and the soothing sounds of the wind and sea, we kicked off the first round of non-competitive ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Rope Races’ (Leon the Engineer’s favourite activity) enabling the Youth Crew to challenge themselves remembering and identifying different items of safety equipment located around the upper decks. Next Watch Officer Taffy conducted an intriguing maritime ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Rules of the Road’ lecture, an important component of safely navigating the ship to avoid colliding with other vessels or running aground. The afternoon was concluded with rotational tacks, where each watch rotates through the other two watches tacking stations, enabling every person to have a comprehensive understanding of how the ship is tacked from each location onboard. After a busy afternoon some respite undertaken allowing the Youth Crew an opportunity to relax on the bowsprit or climb to the lower top for a breathtaking view of Shoalwater Bay to the west silhouetted by a spectacular sunset.To appease those souls whose equilibrium was still adjusting to the gentle caress of the sea, Chef Snowy served his famous chocolate and peach sauce pudding after dinner to entice one and all. Once dinner had been digested a night ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½man overboard’ exercise was successfully conducted to ensure that everyone onboard the ship knew what to do, should they eat too much of Chef Snowy’s food, become disorientated and fall over the ships side. Young Endeavour is now currently motor sailing along at four knots under fore and aft sails, making ground to the South East on a close reach port tack, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight at sea to Great Keppel Island located 13km seaward of Yeppoon.Until tomorrow evening anchored at Great Keppel Island, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien
Scattered Cloud, Wind East 12 knots, Swell South East 1.5m, Temp 26 degrees, Barometer 1018 hpa
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