26 September 2022
Day 3 – Byron Bay stopover
In the early hours of the day we began to take on watches, alternating through the white, red and blue watches. As seasickness began to take hold, some very brave youthies climbed and laid aloft, with the red watch getting the delight of watching the sunrise at sea. By morning everyone had had their fair share of seasickness, with the blue watch catching the name of spewey blueys.
As morning dawned on the crew most of us were found at midships, paper bags in hand, swapping out a delicious breakfast of chocolate pancakes and fruit salads for bananas and sao crackers. However this didn’t last long as our saviour Emma the navigator, sailed us into beautiful Byron Bay. Unfortunately we were not able to make it ashore due to poor conditions. Our first activity for the day was our first round of rope races! Watch groups competed against each other to test our newly acquired nautical knowledge, with the result being red and white watches in a tie on 6 points, and blue following closely behind on 5 points.
After being at anchor our stomachs had settled enough to enjoy Ash’s delicious lunch delights: loaded hotdogs and roast lamb! After lunch our two hours of free time began where youthies took it upon themselves to get to know each other a little better. We did this through an array of new games, riddles and drawing on the deck with chalk.
When the time was right, our inspirational teacher Dion the guru came and briefed us on the main sail and the square sail. Following Dion’s wonderful sailing spiel, Emma returned to teach us what she’s best at (besides singing and dancing), Navigating! We created Emmaland and were showed how to use the latitude and longitude to navigate from point A to point B. We hope to be able to put our newfound knowledge into practice over the coming week.
We were then given the chance to take part in a game known as ‘three way talk’, the aim of this was for us youthies to get to know the inner workings of our fellow crew by impersonating one another and telling ‘our’ life stories. During this, youthies took the time to create unique young endeavour nicknames for each other.
Being at anchor is giving us youthies the opportunity to reset and get a good sleep while only being on one and a half hour watches instead of four hours, in preparation for the rough weather ahead of us.
Cady (Daddy Caddy) and Alice (Voss Boss)
P.S. Missing all of you guys at home especially you JJ. Love you all lots xx – Cady
P.S Hi everyone at home! See you in a week -- Alice