Day 4 – Jervis Bay. Tacks, Rope Swing…and Dolphins!
Ahoy shipmates…Day 4. Jervis Bay. A rested and healthy (ie not sea-sick) youth crew have had a busy day, as aptly described below by Andrea and Ruby. Not much more for me to add. We will spend another night in Jervis Bay before heading out tomorrow into some decidedly untidy weather…just what Young Endeavour was built for! Until tomorrow, fair winds, Cap K———-After a rocky 24 hours at sea we finally arrived at Jervis Bay and dropped anchor! Everyone felt much better in the calmer waters and we were able to get up from our vomiting stations and have a laugh. We had much more of an appetite for dinner, which was tasty fried rice with prawns (thanks again Keely for the most delicious food in the world!!) Our night watches were shortened from 4 hours to 1 hour long, and we were very grateful for that. We had a much better sleep and dreamt well into the morning (that is, until 0630 hours), unbothered by the hell that is a night on rocky seas. We awoke to rainy weather and threatening skies, much to our dismay as we had previously hoped to set foot on the sandy shore. Drizzling rain continued to fall all morning, enough to be somewhat uncomfortable but not enough to dampen our spirits. So, instead of going to the beach as we had hoped we practiced tacking stations, which was fun and educational as we performed rotational tacking and tacked around the bay five times. This was followed by a fun and very (non)competitive game of ropies (Reggie may or may not be standing over our shoulders as we write this), which white watch won (Andrea: whoooo go team!!) followed by red watch then blue watch. As the sun came out and the ocean looked more blue, we finally got to go for a swim, courtesy of Captain Kenny
Wind: NNE at 10 knots Weather: Overcast, passing showers Sea: Calm Location: At anchor off Montagu Point, Jervis Bay.
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9 Days ago 23 Youth Crew from all over Australia, came together to sail this vessel, have fun and challenge themselves. They have not only done that, but have faced and overcome fears, and learnt a lot about themselves and each other.
They leave with new skills, improved persistence, resilience and adaptability, as well as generally knowing they are more capable than what they probably thought. And of course, having made great new friends - most probably, friends for life. It never gets old for us staff members, as we truly love our work.
Fair winds and following seas.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+