Day Seven – At anchor King Island
Welcome to day seven of our voyage. As forecast, the cold front passed over us during the early of this morning but after the initial strong south westerly change the wind settled to a moderate 10-15kt westerly. This provided us with the opportunity to set and properly use the squares for the first time during this voyage.
At 0745 this morning we rounded Stokes Point which is the most southern point of King Island and entered the infamous Bass Strait. During this period I conducted Captains Setting and Furling Drills and once completed all sail was handed in and we proceeded safely to anchor in the picturesque Grassy Harbour.
Once at anchor we enjoyed another one of Chef Keelyâ€™s amazing lunches then the Youth Crew were ferried ashore where they were met by a bus and tour guide who had been pre-booked for a tour of the Island.
During the 4hrs that followed the Youth Crew got to visit the famous King Island Cheese Factory, learn a little about the history of King Island, took a scenic coastal walk and got to visit the Islands main town of Currie.
This evening with everyone safely back onboard I conducted the Command Day Brief which was followed by dinner then Command Day Elections.
To complete the nightâ€™s activities we are currently screening the classic Tall Ship Movie â€˜Around Cape Hornâ€™ then everyone will settle into anchor watches overnight ensuring that they are well rested for their 24hr Command Period.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.
Currently at anchor at King Islands Grassy Harbour and experiencing moderate 12-15kt westerly winds with nil swell and the temperature is 16 degrees.