Ahoy Shipmates…well, another magnificent day at sea. Overnight we made our way across the northern edge of Bass Strait and as I write we are about 70nm south of Eden, our destination for tomorrow. As disclosed below, the Youth Crew have been kept pretty busy. We have enjoyed following conditions all day enabling us to set a full press of sails, including all three square sails…nothing like sailing a tall ship! The wind has gradually eased and we are currently motorsailing to ensure we arrive in Eden mid to late morning tomorrow for our first overnight anchorage. All is well…sun, sails, wildlife, and the Youth Crew have settled into life at sea. There is nothing left for me to say other than ‘over to you ladies’. Fair winds…Captain Kenny.
Day 4 â€“ Sailing
Following a full night of watches, which involved climbing the foremast and setting all three of the STS Young Endeavourâ€™s square sails, the first time this voyage, we were woken by a joyous rendition of â€œPumped Up Kicksâ€ sung by Red Watch.
0900 brought about the best morning brief to date, with multiple celebrity visits including â€˜Salty the Sea Dogâ€™, â€˜Lady Renfordâ€™ and â€˜Sailor Jackâ€™. Salty told us the history and tales of shipsâ€™ figureheadsâ€™, which were accompanied by â€˜S.H.I.T house Productionsâ€™ actors. To round off the brief, â€˜Nanaâ€™ payed us a visit, bearing â€œgiftsâ€, which to many youthies seemed all too familiar. In return for her kind acts, she requested a song and dance about the sea to be performed by the whole crew.
Happy Hour cleaning ran smoothly as per usual, but towards completion, was disrupted by a pod of dolphins; which provided a fantastic start to everyoneâ€™s day!
Our main lesson for the day, taught by watch officer Ian, was about â€˜Rules of the Roadâ€™ (Sea). After some stunning chalk murals at midships, we re-enacted a live passing of two vessels (Fenders), which culminated in a thorough understanding of the rules.
The afternoon consisted of â€˜Rope Racesâ€™ round 2, a similar concept to yesterdayâ€™s games with the alteration of locating specific lines and their corresponding sail. In an absolute blowout, White Watch sailed into the lead; a result of their lunchtime study sesh. Many other games followed, contributing to the watches point tally, including banana eating races and best recreations of iconic TV commercials.
Once again, Zacâ€™s AMAZING food made sure we were all full to the brim, with delicious meals of baked salmon with salad and a Sunday night roast, topped off with unbelievable golden syrup dumplings and ice cream…mmm yum!
As the day came to a close, we were treated to more wildlife sightings, a highlight of which was a seal swimming alongside the portside of the ship. White Watch leader Blake (Ba-Lar-Kay) wanted everyone to know that it gained his â€˜seal of approvalâ€™.
Another night of sailing tonight, will allow us to reach anchor tomorrow at Eden.
Love to home from everyone onboard â€“ we miss you!
Georgia and Olive (White Watch)
Wind: W at 8 knots Weather: Warm and Sunny Swell: SW at 1.0m Course: 050T Speed: 5 knots Location: Off the far NE coast of Victoria
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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike