Day 3 – Twofold Bay
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 seven knots in heavy seas on a close reach port tack, along the East Coast. The Youth Crew remained engaged in sailing a tall ship each completing a challenging four hour night watch in the prevailing conditions conducting helm duties, lookouts and engineering rounds. With the rising of the sun the promise of a new day and a cheerful wakey wakey song from Blue Watch. After morning brief’ the forenoon consisted of sail handling and watch consolidation with the weather abating significantly saw renewed vigour and enthusiasm from the Youth Crew and a plethora of wildlife including whales, sharks, dolphins and sea lions. At lunch Chef Adrian 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’ (Josh 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 the Navigator Joel presented a 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. As the ship approached Eden all sails were handed in and the ship motored into Twofold Bay and let go starboard anchor at 1702 adjacent to the Eden main wharf breakwater. With the ship safely at anchor dinner was a magnificent affair which was followed by a three way talk activity; this enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of in depth information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; which is then presented to the remainder of the crew in the third person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking.After a comprehensive brief by Navigator Joel the Youth Crew are now settling into their first night anchor watches, maintaining the safety and integrity of the crew and ship. The intention is to remain at anchor overnight prior to weighing anchor tomorrow afternoon and continuing our passage south on the adventure that is Young Endeavour. Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien
2200 at anchor - Weather Clear Skies, Swell Nil, Wind North 7 knots, Tempertaure 17 degrees, Barometer 1020 hpa.
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