Ahoy there everyone,Â Welcome to day three on our adventure under sail. The ship continued sailing along handsomely at six knots overnight under all plain sail on a close reach port tack, rounding Tasman Island as the wind backed to the nor west.With the rising of the sun in a blue sky, a cheerful wakey wakey song from the on watch Youth Crew, Breakfast was a relatively quiet affair followed by the morning brief, after tidying and cleaning the ship. A man overboard exercise was conducted simulated with a life ring ensuring that all crew were aware of their individual requirements. With all sails handed in and the life ring successfully recovered the ship anchored in stunning Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula.After lunch all Youth Crew were landed ashore via the sea boat to complete a return to the lookout. During this period an opportunity to hug a tree was taken for those experiencing the lingering effects of motion sickness and experience three seasons in a three hour period.On return to the ship a three way talk activity was conducted; this enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of personal information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; and then present this to the remainder of the crew in the third person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking. After dinner the Youth Crew were stood down for respite until midnight.The Youth Crew are displaying commendable resilience and stamina whilst maintaining enthusiasm and a fantastic sense of humour. The intention is to weigh anchor at midnight and recommence our passage north across Bass Strait.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien
2100 at anchor - weather scattered cloud, wind SSE 15 knots, swell nil, temperature 14 degrees, barometer 1014 hpa
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