On the yards at sunrise
1800hThe winds would appear to be establishing a clear pattern, which was no different last night, namely freshening in the afternoon and dying in the early hours of the morning. We started the evening with a moderate south easterly and at 0400 wore ship in order to transit Banks Strait, marking the south east entry into Bass Strait. However by 0500 the wind had died and we had to motor sail most of the morning. This time was put to good use with another set of rope races and a sail theory lecture in the forenoon. In the afternoon the wind freshened enough to have us sailing again and we put our new found sail theory knowledge into practice by sailing to anchor off Waterhouse Island. While at anchor the three watches conducted mid-voyage talks with their staff watch leaders. The youth crew discussed their achievements to date and reviewed their goals for the remainder of the voyage. Indications are that despite the ‘yucky bits’ everyone is getting a lot out of the voyage and starting to enjoy themselves.From here we will once more be getting under way after dinner, sailing from the anchorage and using the night passage to Stanley for teamwork exercises and furthering navigation training. Youth Crew Entry: BLUE WATCH MEMBERS – Alan, Bee, Clemmie, Connor, Ellie, Ian P., Jo S., Neil and ‘Fearless Leader’ Damo.For Blue Watch so far it’s been an awesome experienceï¿½ï¿½_as we further excelled in our usual manner, making a valiant comeback in the day’s rope races – hopefully further improvement will be made in the days to come. Beautiful weather, have seen dolphins and seals as we continue to learn about the ship and each other.With a 3:30am wake-up call on the way – the members of Blue Watch plan to be sitting high on the yards of the Young Endeavour – thinking of all our friends and family as we watch the sun rise.Until tomorrow, Cap’n Bob
At anchor off Waterhouse Island. Wind east 18 knots, overcast, temp 18C.