Yesterday afternoon we had a very relaxing time as we chugged along in glorious sunshine towards Sydney. We sighted a few whales and went for a second swim. The second swim was not as popular as the morning session. A few people getting stung by blue bottles put some people off. Look before you leap springs to my mind.In the evening we had a lot of fun. A team competition was held, each of whom had to drop an egg from the lower top without breaking it. Each team was given a standard supply of materials from which to construct an egg saving device. The staff eventually won, first having had a draw. A tie breaker was held from the upper top. Today is ground hog day of yesterday as we still have no wind although it is hotter and more humid. The lack of wind is frustrating but obviously there is nothing that can be done about it. This afternoon we will conduct setting a furling drills which is our final exercise prior to Command Day that kicks off tomorrow afternoon. A swim is on the cards as well.
Course 270, Speed 8kts, Wind 080/3kts, Temp 27c - hot and humid, partly cloudy, dead calm seas
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Day 2 found the ship tucked away nice and snug in the lee of the lovely, Mud Island in Moreton Bay. Hands were called at 0630 and the youth crew's presence was kindly requested topside for a bit of move and shake, for our first early morning activity. Then it was away to wash and eat before morning brief took place on the bridge after the formalities of our Colours ceremony at 0800. Dion hatched the plan for the day and then Theresa (our lifesaving and safety equipment expert) took charge for a collective closer look at said lifesaving equipment. Whilst that was happening, remaining staff weighed anchor under a gorgeous blue and sun drenched day and we commenced our pilotage out of Moreton Bay - with Emma the Navigator as our trusty Pilot. Once Theresa had completed her briefing, youth crew turned-to cleaning stations, or as we call it, "happy hour". Whales, turtles and dolphins frolicked as we sailed past them and then out into the Coral Sea we went. A large cargo ship tooted their horn, 'adieu', and we responded in kind. All the while our sea puppies set and furled the sails, had a wee break for lunch, then continued with same all afternoon. Finally, when watch leaders gave me the nod, I gave Dion a wink and he called the ship to tacking stations. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, it was with almost mechanical precision that this youth crew of ours, performed their duties in a well oiled fashion, and they did tack this ship, back and forth, several times to drill and practice the required actions to manouevre this beautiful ship through the wind. I was well impressed. Bravo I said, then Dion stood them down for half an hour. Dinner was taken at 1715, then the youth crew turned-to sea watches, to assist with navigational safety overnight, whilst the others slept soundly. Each watch would take a four hour trick to follow the navigation plan by helm, keep lookout duties and conduct hourly rounds throughout the night. Additionally they would consolidate sail handling and climbing procedures. If they didn't know, now they know - This here is a working ship and we have no passengers embarked. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+