CLIENT: St Stephens College
VOYAGE NUMBER: 20230401
FROM: Manly to Manly
DATE: 2 April 2023
REPORT: Red Watch
This morning Red Watch had the midnight to 4am watch. Damien and Leo woke up for the first shift (12am-1am), completing booklets with Brian and even enjoying a hot chocolate! Every hour-long shift involved heading up onto deck to measure compass bearings toward light markers that could be seen on the horizon and testing the Knott speed of the wind. We filled out a booklet to learn about parts of the ship we are sailing, and to log the details of the knots we tied. After each shift, we woke the following watch group pair/trio and then headed back to sleep.
We all woke up at 6:30am, to a delicious cold breakfast made by the chef Hugh, including juice and cereal. A reef knot competition was held, where we placed 3rd with a time of 2:09 for our entire watch group to tie the next consecutively. Hugh then served a hot breakfast of toast, scrambled eggs and baked beans, and then we practiced our backstays, which then led to the backstay competition where we placed second.
We finally lifted the anchor and set sail Southbound. Our watch then ended up on duty, where we rotated through the roles and became more proficient in noticing crab pots and land markers, as well as steering and keeping the deck clean. Our duty was followed by lunch which was hamburgers, and then we had free time. Many of us chose to go to the Coach House and play cards with other passengers of the ship, whilst some stayed on deck to observe the other watch groups on duty, with lemon Madeira cake before dinner. Dinner was served to us first, which was “Bangers and Mash” followed by a delicious cheesecake for dessert.
We had to attend duty at 6pm, with our PFDs and strobe lights attached. Sailing in the night was a different experience as we had to solely rely on marker lights (red and green), and team members had to use flashlights to see objects in our way. When watch was over, we headed downstairs for some down time before going to sleep and are ready for our watch from 4am-8am tomorrow morning.