Hi Everyone, It was an early start to the morning for the Crew of YOUNG ENDEAVOUR with everyone awake and on deck at 0630 for an Early Morning Activity followed by a normal YE hearty breakfast. The anchor was weighed at 0730 and in strong 20-25kt southerly winds YOUNG ENDEAVOUR departed Sea Elephant Bay under main engines. Once in open water the ship was brought under fore and aft sail then tacking stations called. During the hour that followed we conducted a good set of rotational tacks which gave the Youth Crew the opportunity to experience each others tacking station and gain a better understanding of the intricacies of sailing the ship. Given the favourable conditions now being experienced in Bass Strait I decided to give the Youth Crew a short break then again closed them up at tacking stations so as to conduct demonstrational tacks. This activity is designed to give the Youth Crew a better understanding of how the ship is manoeuvred under sail and is an important activity in the lead up to Command DayThis afternoon the wind moderated and backed to the NE which provided ideal sailing conditions for our passage across the infamous Bass Strait. Whilst on watch, the Youth Crew have been kept entertained with numerous sightings of dolphins, penguins, pilot whales and a plethora of seabirds accompanying the ship.Overnight we will continue our passage across Bass Strait with the expectation that we will anchor of the northern coast of Tasmania early tomorrow afternoon.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently located 65nm to the ESE of King Island sailing close hauled on a port tack and experiencing moderate 12-15kt ENE winds with a 1.5m SW swell.
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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