Situation at 20:00- Overnight we continued to make good speed as we headed South along the 100 fathom contour line. At one point the log read 11.3 knots. It was however, wet work on deck as the squalls continued to roll through our track.At morning brief, Watch Officer Luke continued to amaze us with his explanations of the nautical origins of everyday expressions. Navigator Aaron identified that the Red watch sailed the longestdistance overnight, and also reported that the spewometer reading had reduced to mild.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR anchored in Coffs Harbour at 10:30.There were a few things that needed to be done before the Youth Crew were able to proceed ashore. Executive Officer Paul conducted the first installment of Rope Races which was followed by a communications exercise. After lunch, all hands were ferried ashore in the Ship’s RHIB by Watch Officer Luke and the Youth Crew immediately descended upon the shops of Coffs Harbour. All hands enjoyed the chance to stretch their legs ashore and returned onboardin time to enjoy another of Chef Karen’s fabulous suppers. The Youth Crew have just completed their three-way talks which, because of the rain, were held in the Cafe. The cramped quarters and animated performances made for a memorable time.We plan to weigh anchor and sail early tomorrow morning.The weather forecast is for strong winds from the South which means that we will be pounding into the seas as we shape a course towards Sydney. Let’s hope that the Youth Crew haven’t lost their hard earned sea legs during their time ashore in Coffs Harbour, they are going to need them over the next few days.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: With the yards braced sharp, the Ship can carry the square sails up to 70 degrees off the wind. With only the fore-and-aft sails set she can reach 50-60 degrees depending upon the wind strength and sea conditions.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Truck – The round hard wood cap fitted to the top of masts and fitted with small sheaves for signal halyards.In Irons – When the ship has come head to wind and will notpay off onto either tack.Thought of the day: Things may come to those who wait, but only those things left behind by those who hustle. Abraham LincolnYours, AyeJohn Cowan
Wind: At anchor in Coffs Harbour Wind: South at 10 kts, Temp:15, Sea State 2 in rain squalls.
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