Yesterday afternoon continued on a thrilling sail north in fresh SW winds. Conducted tacking drills and a navigation lecture later in the afternoon. Spirit of NZ went to anchor in the evening but Young Endeavour continued to sail overnight. It was all hands on deck at 0400 and 0700 to tack the ship which went very well.The ship arrived at Cape Brett and Piercy Island by mid morning when all sail was handed in. Cape Brett is the gateway to the fabulous Bay of Islands, but on immediate hand was a spectacular cathedral arch on Piercy Island known as ‘Hole in the Rock’. As the ship drifted nearby, the boat was sent away with youth crew embarked to shoot through the arch and explore some local caves. The conditions were perfect with very little swell and no wind. It was awesome scenery and quite exciting. Prior to getting under way again the pool was opened and most went in for a swim.Whilst we in Young Endeavour were mucking about in boats, the Spirit of NZ had motored up and joined us in the aquatic playground. They also lowered their boat and sent their trainees through the arch.This afternoon, with Spirit, Young Endeavour will continue NW to our intended overnight anchorage at Whangaroa Harbour. Unfortunately, there is little wind and both ships are motorsailing. The scenery is fabulous so it’s not all bad.
Course 340, Speed 7kts, Wind 290/10kts, Temp 19, Partly Cloudy
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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike
Thanks Eliza and Cooper for narrating today's events. The Youth Crew took control of the Ship at 1300 today and will hand it back to Staffies, hopefully in one piece, at 1300 tomorrow! We expect to arrive off Sydney heads at 1000 tomorrow. The Staffies will then pilot the Ship to anchor in Hunters Bay before handing it back to the Youthies until 1300, to enable them to complete outstanding tasks. We will remain anchored overnight. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike