Ahoy Shipmates,This morning saw everyone awake and on deck at 0630 for an Early Morning Activity (EMA) followed by one of Jarods great breakfasts. Just before 0800 the Youth Crew were mustered on the starboard side of the bridge to be introduced to the ceremony of colours (raise the flags and sing the National Anthem) this was followed by morning brief and finally ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Happy Hourï¿½ï¿½ (daily ships cleaning stations). As it was such a great Sydney morning we decided to take a refreshing swim prior to conducting deck safety and finally lunch to finish of the mornings activities. The anchor was weighed at 1215 and the ship proceeded out of Sydney Heads into a strong north easterly breeze. Given these perfect conditions we immediately set maximum 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. Despite numerous cases of seasickness by late afternoon they had managed to set and furl most sails and complete their first set of tacks as a crew. Early evening has our position 30nm east of Port Kembla with a very tired YC now settled into their watches for the night and the Ship continuing to make good ground to the south and our first anchorage which will be Twofold Bay (Eden). Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently sailing under full plain sail and experiencing moderate N-NE winds.
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