Ahoy there everyone,Welcome to day three on our adventure under sail. The ship continued motor sailing along handsomely at five knots overnight beating south through the Inner Great Barrier Reef under plain sail. Wind conditions consisting of a 20 knot sou easterly enabled good sailing to be achieved though the one swell continued to challenge members of the Youth Crew. With the rising of the sun, unseen due to an overcast sky, an epic wakey wakey song from blue watch, enticed the Youth Crew down below for breakfast with varying levels of consumption. After morning brief the jib and main sail were set culminating with tacking the ship prior to â€˜happy hourâ€™. After a superb lunch, the inaugural round of rope races was conducted. This activity enabled the Youth Crew to challenge each other in a non-competitive activity by remembering and identifying different items of safety equipment located around the upper decks. After a short break Watch Officer Guv presented an intriguing maritime Rules of the Road lecture, an important component of safely navigating the ship to avoid colliding with other vessels or running aground by correctly identifying various lights, shapes and navigation markers. The watches were then back on deck for the remainder of the afternoon progressing with climbing aloft competencies and sail handling. Just prior to dinner the ship was tacked again in to close the coast, then with all sail handed in the ship anchored in the lee of Kent Island. After dinner a three way talk activity was conducted; this enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of personal information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; and then present this to the remainder of the crew in the first person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking. After this activity Engineer Mickâ€™s birthday was celebrated with a scrumptious chocolate mud cake crafted by Chef Luke and enjoyed by all. The Youth Crew then retired to anchor watches for the night. Until tomorrow evening, take care. Yours Aye Captain Damien
2300 at anchor - weather overcast light rain, wind SE 10 knots, swell SE 0.5 metre, temperature 20 degrees, barometer 1020 hpa
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