Good evening out there in land lubber land … we got our sea legs today!Taffy our Sail Master woke us all up at 6:30 am and it was dark and chilly but we all got up and met on deck where we played a \’get to know you\’ game before breakfast and then happy hour – yes, you guessed it, we got to clean ship … yeah! We then weighed anchor and proceeded down the Derwent River practicing setting and furling the sails. We entered Storm Bay in the early afternoon and made reasonably good progress under sail until later in the afternoon when a 3.5 metre southerly swell started to take effect – we rolled lots and just as we were preparing dinner too. Poor Sammi our chef had a struggle but came through with flying colours. Unfortunately I think only half the crew partook of her efforts.Shortly after dinner we \’wore ship\’ meaning to alter course by placing the wind through the stern and shaped a much more appealing course towards the east coast of Tasmania. As I type we have just passed Tasman Island itself and are motor sailing under a westerly wind with a much reduced swell.I asked the Youth Crew to make the most of the opportunity, seek challenge and extend one\’s self. Well they did that today. A fantastic performance and judging by the tired people I think we will all get a good sleep tonight. Some people felt the urge to feed the fish today but most of that has gone thankfully and after a quiet night learning how to do watchkeeping in four hour shifts – keeping a lookout, helming (steering) and doing rounds to check everything is \’ship shape\’ – we will be well placed to explore a bit more of Tasmania tomorrow.Motor sailing (engines and sails propelling) at present doing about 6 knots. We intend turning the engines off a little later tonight so we can sail this here tall ship.Sleep well … I know some tired heads here will.Dave Jordan (Yak)Voyage Captain
Wind from the west at 20-25 knots with a south westerly swell up to 2 metres (we are sheltered from the main 3.5 metre swell by the coastline) - quite a gentle ride. Cold front due through in the morning and I expect conditions to ease further - matches our slowly falling barometer..
You might also be interested in
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+