Day 7 – Twofold Bay
Ahoy there everyone,Overnight the ship remained underway sailing in heavy seas, 30 knot winds and scattered showers. The Youth Crew performed admirably during the overnight watches as the ship beat its way south slowly closing Eden. At sunrise the sheltered waters of Twofold Bay was in sight as the crew arose for breakfast. During the forenoon I assessed each watch in their ability to safely set and furl sails without their Watch Leader present in preparation of taking command of the ship for 24 hours, needless to say each watch displayed the required skill to safely execute each of these tasks. The ship then anchored in Snug Cove and the Youth Crew were ferried ashore in the ships boat to visit the Eden Whale museum which is currently celebrating itâ€™s whale festival. On return to the ship the anchored was recovered and the a short transit was conducted across Twofold Bay to East Boyd Bay for our overnight anchorage. On arrival a BBQ was cooked followed by Command Day elections where each member of the Staff Crew will be replaced with an elected Youth Crew member on Command Day. The evening culminated with a 1929 black and white movie depicting the adventures of a young man who sailed around Cape Horn in one of the last square rigged cargo vessels. Many similarities could be drawn with our modern Youth Crew who are each forging their own adventures onboard. Our last seven days at sea had seen significant developments in the overall journey of our young adventurers. As a team they have progressed enormously both individually and collectively as the voyage still continues to gain momentum. Command Day approaches with great anticipation for all. The intention is to remain at anchor overnight prior to weighing in the afternoon at the discretion of our Youth Crew for the adventure and challenge that is Command Day in Young Endeavour. Until tomorrow evening when we will read of the adventures and exploits of Youth CaptainÂ James and his team, take care. Yours Aye Captain Damien
2300 at anchor - weather overcast scattered showers, wind SE 5 knots, swell SE 0.5 metre, temperature 16 degrees, barometer 1021 hpa
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