PORT PHILLIP BAY
Ahoy there everyone,Â Welcome to day two of the voyage. Following a well deserved and much needed good nightâ€™s rest the Youth Crew awoke at 0630 to a stunning Melbourne morning accompanied by a cheerful tune from Sail Master Joel. After breakfast all hands mustered for the morning brief detailing the days activities and words of wisdom from various staff members,At 0930 the ship weighed anchor and conducted a transit of Port Phillip Bay. During this period Captain Safety alias White Watch Leader JB, presented a very comprehensive safety equipment presentation and demonstration ensuring the no matter what the situation the Youth Crew should find themselves in, that they would have the knowledge to overcome any adversity at sea.The Youth Crew under the guidance of their watch leaders, they spent the remainder of the day conducting line handling and deck safety, gaining the foundation skills required to work the sails safely during their adventure at sea as the ship continued across Port Phillip Bay in benign conditions.At 1840 the ship crossed â€˜the ripâ€™ and entered Bass Strait encountering a 1.5 metre south westerly swell and 15 knot easterly. The Youth Crew having just completed a magnificent dinner from Chef Adrian, and are now settling into their first night watches learning to helm the ship, adjust the sail plan and conduct engineering rounds (checks of the engine room compartment). The one metre swell is challenging various members of the Youth Crew with their equilibrium as they adjust to the motion of the ship.Young Endeavour is currently motor sailing along at seven knots, making ground to the south east on a close reach port tack, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight across Bass Strait.Â Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien
2300 at sea - weather clear skies, wind NE 22 knots, swell SSW 1.0 metre, temperature 20 degrees, barometer 1015 hpa
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