Ahoy there shipmates,
We anchored off Coolangatta Beach at 1015, following morning brief and ‘Happy Hour’, in the hope of finding some shelter from the southerly and SE swells which had made for an uncomfortable night’s sleep. The anchorage proved successful and it was sheltered enough to go for a swim before lunch. We had a fabulous lunch from from the fresh tuna and squid Chef Zac had caught during the voyage so far. Zac was ably assisted by Jerome and Reggie in preparing a fabulous spread, which was devoured by the crew.
After lunch Reggie ran round three of rope races and then I gave Red and White watches my Sail Theory brief. We weighed anchor at 1600 and once we were clear of the coast we closed the Ship up to Tacking Stations and conducted Demonstrational Tacks. This involves tacking or wearing-ship with three members of each watch on the bridge being instructed in what occurs. This is aimed at increasing the crew’s understanding of these activities to improve their general sailing knowledge and prepare them for Command Day, when they will take charge of these activities.
On completion of Demos we altered course to tack our way up to the approaches to the Gold Coast Seaway, our planned anchorage for late tomorrow forenoon, once Reggie and I have conducted the ‘Captain’s Setting and Furling’ assessment and the Youth Crew have undertaken my ‘Captain’s Challenge’.
Wind: NNE at 11 Kn; Swell: 1.0 m from the south; Temp: 21 deg. C; Weather: occasional showers
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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike