Ahoy Shipmates, This morning was clear and sunny but unseasonably cold for North Queensland. After the normal Early Morning Activity (EMA) and breakfast the YC were introduced to the ceremony of colours before turning to for their first ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Happy Hour’ (cleaning stations). This was followed a detailed safety equipment brief provided by Jay the Bosun, deck safety with the Watch Leaders and finally lunch to finish off the morning activities. As it was a warm afternoon it was decided to let everyone enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool waters of Horseshoe Bay prior to weighing anchor. At 14:00 the anchor was weighed and the ship proceeded out of Horseeshoe Bay into a light north easterly breeze. Given these perfect conditions we immediately set sail and commenced our passage south. Under the guidance of their watch leaders, the YC spent the rest of the afternoon conducting setting and furling drills and learning the intricacies of tall ship sailing. By late afternoon they had managed to set and furl most sails and complete their first set of tacks as a crew. This evening will see the YC settle into their watches for their first night at sea onboard YE and of course try and catch up on some much needed sleep. That sleep will most likely be interrupted sometime throughout the night with the need for everyone to be on deck to tack Ship. Hopefully the weather conditions will remain favourable and we will continue to make good ground to the south. Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently sailing under all fore and aft sails and experiencing a 10kt easterly breeze with very little swell.
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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