Voyage name: 
V12/17 Mackay to Brisbane
16 Sep - 26 Sep 2017

Ahoy there Shipmates,

A well deserved night’s rest in the Tangalooma anchorage was had by all. I think everyone onboard slept very soundly and for good reason, most were exhausted from Command Day. The down-side of staying at Tangalooma, however, was the need to get underway at 0445 to ensure we arrived at HMAS Moreton, Bulimba, on time at 0900. But that didn’t stop Sail Master Bagers from conducting an Early Morning Activity on the upper decks to the beat of his Retro tunes.

Once everyone was through breakfast we conducted Morning Brief and Happy Hour whilst transiting up the Brisbane River. We berthed at the HMAS Moreton wharf where we embarked 7 staff and students from Centre Care Hand, as well as 30 guests organised by CO Moreton and some family and friends of the Staffies. We departed the wharf at 1000 and spent 3 hours motor sailing up the river to the Story Bridge and back. The Youth Crew hosted the visitors, conducting tours of the Ship, involving them in setting and furling sails and generally spending time with them while they were onboard. We dropped our visitors back at the Moreton wharf at 1300.

At 1330 the Youthies headed ashore in their watches to do their end-of-voyage chats, facilitated by their watch leaders. Afterwards we conducted the harbour-furl of the square sails. To achieve this all of the Youth Crew proceeded aloft on the yards to fold-up the sails and then stow them inside their UV covers. After our traditional last night Chefs Marcos’ and Cinnamon’s pizza dinner, the Youth Crew got into the end-of-voyage paperwork.

Once that was complete we held the Ship’s Concert, known as SOD’s Opera. During this the Staffies performed an act which showed their true acting skills. After that we listened to a poem written by James Stevens and then viewed a slide show which did a great job of depicting the voyage, which was compiled by Olivia Witt and Pearl Elgindy, and assisted by Tristan Bennett. We then encouraged everyone to ‘hit the sack’ after a long exhausting day!

Until tomorrow,

Yours Aye

Captain Mike