Ahoy there dear readers, what an action packed day of adventure it was today.
Having remained at sea overnight we motorsailed NNW in a relatively calm sea-state, overcast with passing squalls and northerly winds @ 10-15 kts, conducting a watch teamwork and communication activity, as well as navigation and sail handling consolidation.
Then at 0700 it was time for each watch to prove their sail handling expertise through a validation activity to ensure all Youth Crew are at the same benchmark, leading into Command day. Hoppy the engineer and myself gave them a big ol thumbs up and they gave themselves a well deserved pat on the back, as they were all indeed deemed safe and competent.
Then as the ship closed Noosa Heads, we rolled into Demonstrational Tacks, whereby several members from each watch were given the bridge view of tacking the ship ie. what’s required and when. This is the final piece of the puzzle, to set up these youthies for success as Command Day fast approaches. We conducted four tacks and rotated everyone through, before coming to anchor in Lagoona Bay. Lovely spot… Bit wet though!
After lunch, Matty transported the youthies ashore to explore Noosa. They all returned around 1700, just in time for an amazing BBQ under a spectacularly colourful sunset (due largely to the Tongan volcanic eruption in January, I’m told!). Red sky at night, sailors delight 🙂
After dinner, I gave youth crew their Command Day brief, detailing what to expect and how things would roll… In short, they would receive navigation instructions and task list tomorrow at 1000, when we hand the ship over to them and they would be required to follow said instructions and tasks for 24 hours, aiming to achieve as much as possible.
The elections then commenced and I can happily announce the following Youth Crew elected positions:
Captain – Sophie
Sailmaster – Elliot
Navigator – Jacinta
Watch Officers – Matty B and Kate
Watch Leaders – Caitlin, Zoe and Norm
Chefs – Riley, Ivana and Tash.
Wowee. How exciting. Congratulations to all and I hope you serve your crew well (I’m sure you will!). To finish off the day in style we shared our favourite film with the youthies (including pop corn), before everyone turned-to sleeping stations. The ship will remain at anchor overnight with youth crew in anchor watches keeping us safe.
Peace. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+