Good evening All,
Most of the crew were over their sea sickness as we spent another night at sea. Overnight the watches did a BearEx, a challenge with limited instruction and communication, in which the watches had to set and furl various sails. This made for a lot of noise immediately above the Captain’s cabin unfortunately but nonetheless, I appreciate the Youth Crew’s boundless energy and enthusiasm. We achieved more climbing of the masts and setting of the sails before entering picturesque Port Stephens and coming to anchor near the Nelson Bay Marina. We did the usual morning routine followed by rope races and a very interesting presentation from our navigator Kyle on the mystical magic of meteorology (did I spell that correctly?). After lunch and armed with wallets, the Youth Crew proceeded ashore and conducted mid-Voyage talks to check progress against their goals … and also to get chocolate and soda. Back on board we enjoyed a lovely sunset teak-deck barbeque playing, music, playing cards and chatting in groups as we watched the rest of the world go bustling by. As I type the Youth Crew are doing ‘apples and onions’, a feedback session designed to provide good points and points to work on to each other. For some it will no doubt be a very difficult activity but historically, the benefits have been significant. I will be interested to see if it is the same with this Youth Crew (I suspect it will be as the Youth Crew have been great so far in our Voyage). Tomorrow we intend proceeding to sea again and making for Broughton Island off the nmid-north NSW coast for some remote exploring. Until then, take care out there on the land.
At sea this morning - wind southerly at 5 - 7 knots, swell southerly at 1 meter with a slight sea, rain showers. At anchor this afternoon - overcast clearing and then sunny with a top temperature of 22 Degrees, wind initially SW at 10 knots but reducing to light and variable in the evening.
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Hi Everyone, Welcome to Day 2 of our voyage. After a good night’s sleep the the Young Endeavour Crew woke to an overcast but fine morning in the beautiful Quarantine Bay. Following an Early Morning Activity (EMA) at 0630, Big Breakfast then Morning Brief the Youth Crew were mustered on deck where they were given a comprehensive harness and climbing brief before all of them successfully climbed to the topgallant yard which is our highest yard on the foremast which was a fantastic effort by all. At 1330 we departed our anchorage then commenced our transit south through the picturesque D’Entrecasteaux Channel. During this transit the Youth Crew spent time with their Watch Leaders practicing setting and furling of sails and learning what the many sheets, tacks, halyards and many other lines/ropes on board Young Endeavour do. Once proficient with their sail work the ship was brought under fore and aft sail and we completed our first set of tacks as a crew which went extremely well. On completion of the last tack we reduced sail and then proceeded below to enjoy another one of Chef Haydo’s fantastic dinners. With our stomachs full, everyone again mustered back on deck for Teresa’s Safety Equipment Brief which was the final activity for the day. The time is now 2045 and we are just departing the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Overnight the Youth Crew will settle into their watch routine as we round Southeast Cape and continue to make good speed to Port Davey which is planned to be our next anchorage. Until tomorrow, take care Captain Gav