Hi Everyone, This morning the new Youth Crew were awake and on deck at 0630 to be greeted by a fine but very cool Melbourne morning. After our normal Early Morning Activity (EMA) and breakfast, everyone was mustered on the port side of the bridge and introduced to the traditional ceremony of colours (raise flags and sing National Anthem) and morning brief. On completion it was straight into cleaning stations followed by a very comprehensive safety equipment brief given by Shayne the ships Safety Equipment Officer. At 1000 lines were cast- off and YE departed her berth at Williamstown and commenced the long pilotage out of Port Phillip Bay. Throughout the day the Youth Crews primary focused was on learning safety on deck and sail setting and furling drills. By 1600 we were 6nm from the township of Rye and all Watch Leaders reported in that they were happy with the safety standards of their watches. Given this information tacking stations were called and the YC proved that they had ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½hoisted inï¿½ï¿½ the past 24 hours of instruction by successfully completing their first set of tacks as a crew. To complete this drill I initiated a man overboard exercise so that the YC could be given the experience of handing in all sail and recovering someone from the water (lifebuoy only). On completion of this exercise we re-entered the Main Channel, set a reduced sail plan and under a moderate – strong south easterly we completed the final 12nm of our pilotage out of Port Phillip Bay under sail. By 1930 we had passed safely through the Rip and had entered Bass Strait were we where greeted by a 1.5m confused swell and a 20kt south easterly. Once in clear water we altered course to the south east and commenced making ground to Wilson’s Promontory, which we have planned to be our first anchorage. Overnight the YC will settle into their watch routines and commenced learning some new mariner skills. Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently located 6nm to the SE of The Rip (entry to Port Phillip Bay) and experiencing moderate-strong SE winds with a 1.5m confused swell.