Ahoy dear readers, Day 2 of our voyage began alongside Wharf 25 at Port Adelaide today.
It was a dark and still morning when Sailmaster Tori commenced the day with a 0630 Early Morning Activity on deck. I always maintain that Bob Marley is the best person to be woken up by. Our 5 additional youth crew members joined after receiving their PCR results and then Ash knocked up some brekkie.
We all met again at 0800 to sing the National Anthem as part of our (the Royal Australian Navy’s) traditional Colours ceremony, where we hoisted our suite of colours (Australian National Flag and the Australian White Ensign). The plan for the day was then hatched before youth crew were introduced to the ship safety and lifesaving equipment by Matty, our survival and safety equipment expert, which was followed by each watch negotiating full value contracts to ensure complete participation and immersion into the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme program.
Then it was time to finally get underway, ladies and gents, so at 1000 we cast off all lines and proceeded into the Port Adelaide River and then departed the harbour into St Vincent’s Gulf just in time for lunch. Lovely conditions greeted us, so it was up the mast for our tardy sailors for their first climb, whilst the rest turned-to cleaning stations AKA Happy Hour!
A freshening southerly wind and 1/2m swell was a nice introduction to life at sea before both winds and sea-state picked up, encouraging several of our youth crew to commune with nature by way of a natural and very organic fish feeding activity. Just lovely.
All the while, sail handling was drilled with setting and furling of the forestaysail, mainstaysail and topgallant staysail. Dinner was smashed before commencing their first watches on deck, where they would conduct watch-on-deck duties of helming, lookout and rounds responsibilities, while the other watches slept. They will do this overnight, in a 4 hour watch rotation with some more climbing and sail handling consolidation thrown in.
Anyway, a fantastic day and well done youth crew of V05B. With the wind on our nose we shall keep making ground Kangaroo Island overnight, where we will look to anchor at approximately 1200 tomorrow.
Goodnight and sleep tight everybody.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+
Weather is fine. Swell: S at 0.5m. Wind: SSE at 10-15 kts. Temp: 20