Ahoy there landlubbers and fellow crewmates, we have survived anchor watch through the night without staffy supervision (big win). To celebrate we gathered on deck after the usual blasting of radio wake up for some surnrise yoga in Trial Bay lead by yogi master TJ. Harmonies may have been off this morning in the anthem belt out, however this was quickly forgotten after a sensational, yet educational, “Chats with Chucky” and a feature of the mystery box. Happy hour ensued with some exceptional sing along bangers today (shoutout Ash and Shaun) followed by weighing anchor and climbing aloft. As the vivacious navigator Emma suggested, the lack of wind had us packing the square sails tightly and motoring out the bay northward. To our surprise many dolphins and whales had similar ideas! Lunch – it gets better every day (Jarod you legend)! With fully bellies, our next challenge was to conquer rotational tacks, extending our knowledge of the ship’s rigging and roles outside our assigned watch stations. This knowledge was further tested with not one, but TWO rounds of ropies (with a clear winner established IYKYK). In the afternoon we had a quick meteorology lesson with Evan and played a strategy game (Mafia) on deck, there may have even been a mutton bird sighting – waiting for Cap’ns Confirmation. Bowsprit was in full use today (Cheers for the supervision Matty), evidence of which can be seen in the many warm faces making friends with cold milk cartons in the fridge after dinner (thanks for the aloe Hoppy). News of the last supermoon óf 2022 have rumours of sleeping on deck under the stars spreading through the youth crew – check in tomorrow in CLOG Day 6 for confirmation of decksleepers whereabouts (or if it even happens!).
FROM WHITE WATCHIES THRU & THRU SOPHIE C AND IVANA B
Shout out to the Cottam & Gabrielli crews!!!!!!!
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Ahoy dear readers, Day 2 of our voyage began at anchor in Hunters Bay, Sydney today. Sailmaster Evan woke us all up for a 0600 Early Morning Activity on deck and Jarod knocked up some delicious breakie and then we all met again at 0800 to sing the National Anthem as part of our (the Royal Australian Navy's) traditional Colours ceremony, where we hoisted our colours (Australian National Flag and the Australian White Ensign). The plan for the day was then hatched before youth crew were introduced to their safety harnesses. Matty our survival and safety equipment expert, taught them all about: donning said harness, conducting buddy checks and the process for laying aloft. Then it was time, ladies and gents, for our young sea puppies to lay aloft for the very first time. And up the foremast they went, aiming for the topgallant yard and out transversely. Not everyone made it to the top however, but I was a very proud Captain regardless. They all pushed themselves hard to go a little further and then another little push, before laying below. Well done shipmates, it's a very difficult challenge and you gave it a good old crack. Back below deck lunch was demolished and then Matty gave them a more thorough safety equipment briefing before weighing anchor at 1450. Sail handling was drilled within Hunters Bay, with setting and furling of the forestaysail and the mainstaysail. Then, when deemed competent, the jib and mainsail were set and we departed Sydney Harbour and out we went into a lumpy Tasman Sea with a 2m southerly swell. Of course there were some green faces folks, but that's how it goes... and the fish were happy :) Impressively, they cracked on setting the topsail and topgallant as we turned to port, shaping a course to the north east. After dinner, Youth Crew turned-to sea watches involving a 4 hour shift of watch-on-deck duties: helming, lookout and rounds responsibilities, while the other watches slept. Anyway, it was a fantastic day... well done Youth Crew. Until tomorrow night, goodnight and sleep tight everybody.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+