Welcome to day eight of our voyage. After a peaceful nights rest at anchor the Youth Crew awoke to a fine but windy morning. Following an early morning activity they enjoyed a BBQ breakfast cooked by Taffy and his helpers with the spectacular Whitehaven Beach as our scenic backdrop.
Morning brief and cleaning stations followed then the Command Team were given 30 minutes with the Staff Crew so that they could ask questions that may assist them in their elected positions throughout their Command period.
Lunch followed then finally we had slack water which enable us to rig the robe swing and enjoy 30 minutes of acrobatics and swimming in the crystal clear water of Whitehaven Beach.
At 1300 with everyone safely out of the water the Youth Crew were all mustered at midships where I handed over the Command Day Instructions to Captain Sam which officially commenced the 24hr Command Day period. Over the next 24hrs the Youth Crew will have numerous tasks to complete as well as navigating and safely sailing the ship from Whitehaven beach through numerous waypoints and to get us around to South Mole Island by late tomorrow morning.
One of the many tasks to be completed during this 24hr period is to write the Captains Log so please enjoy tonightâ€™s entry written by Blue Watch.
Until tomorrow, take care
COâ€™s Log 7th July
Welcome to Day 8 of our Voyage. We woke up at anchor in Whitehaven Beach, spirits high from the amazing view offered from Whitehaven islands. The morning brief consisted of short talk and Salty finally telling the origins of 2-6-heave, it wasnâ€™t pretty. Today is command day were the Youth Crew take over the ship for 24 hours, so all the elected sailers got brief by their respective Staffies, while the others had free time to take in the views and do their washing. After lunch we opened the pool, and although it was cold, most took the opportunity to take turns on the rope swing (thankfully with no injuries).
At 1300 the command was passed over to the Young Crew, to the joy of the Staffies. The youth crew were given a set of tasks to accomplish in the next 24 hours. The first task undertaken was for a landing party to row ashore and sing the national anthem along with the tourists enjoying Whitehaven beach. Then we got 24 Youth Crew up the mask for a photo.
At 1630 we weighed anchor and the Youth Crew were officially sailing in command of the Young Endeavour. The sails were set and although the winds were very light we slowly sailed into the sunset. The Master Chefs did an amazing job cooking their first dinner and now all of us have settled into our watches with the real chance that all of us will have to get up and tack the ship sometime during the night.
Currently located 15nm to the NE of Whitehaven Beach and experiencing light to moderate 8-12kt SE winds with a .5m SE swell.Our current speed is 4kts and the temperature is 16 degrees
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