Day 7 – Oberon Bay
Welcome to Day 7 of our voyage. The Youth Crew awoke to beautiful Seal Cove morning with just a light cool southerly breeze. Following an early morning activity and breakfast we mustered the Youth Crew for morning brief where again they were enlightened by Saltyâ€™s nautical tales and some fun facts on where we have been and where we are going from Gemma our Navigator.
Cleaning stations followed then we informed the Youth Crew that we would delay the programmed morningâ€™s activities so that they could enjoy a refreshing swim plus the use the shipâ€™s very popular rope swing prior to our departure from Sealers Cove. By 1000 we had everyone out of the water and once we had recovered the shipâ€™s RHIB we weighed anchor and in light south westerly conditions we headed back into a much calmer Bass Strait.
Early this afternoon we enjoyed another round of rope races and once we had rounded Wilsonâ€™s Promontory South Eastern point we brought the ship under fore and aft sail then in light conditions conducted a good set of Demonstrational Tacks – This activity gives the Youth Crew the Opportunity to come to the bridge to learn what we do when we tack or wear the ship. Once completed we gave the Youth Crew a short break then went straight into Captain Setting and Furling Drills with all watches passing this important activity.
Once completed we handed in all sail then proceeded safely to anchor in the very scenic Oberon Bay which is located on the western side of Wilsonâ€™s Promontory. Once at anchor we enjoyed a fantastic Mexican dinner which was followed by my Command Day Brief and Command Day Elections.
The time is now 2030 and to finish an extremely busy but enjoyable day the Youth Crew are now sitting down to watch the classic Tall Ship Movie â€˜Around Cape Hornâ€™ which no doubt they will compare with their own experience of sailing Bass Strait. Once the movie is finished we will settle into anchor watches overnight ensuring that everyone is well rested for what should be a challenging but enjoyable Command Day.
Until Tomorrow, take care
Currently at anchor in Oberon Bay and experiencing light 5-8kt SSE winds with nil swell and the temperature is 15 degrees.
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