Weather - fine, Wind - NW at 15 kn, Swell - nil, Temp - 26 deg. C
Ahoy there Shipmates,
A well deserved night’s rest at anchor in Little Manly Cove was had by all. I think everyone onboard slept, as soundly as they could and for good reason, most were exhausted from Command Day, but that didn’t stop us from conducting our usual Early Morning Activity on the upper decks to the beat of Sail Master Evan’s energetic tunes.
After breakfast we launched into the usual Morning Brief and Happy Hour. We weighed anchor at 0800 and berthed at Fleet Base East (FBE) at 0900. Once secured alongside it was out all rubbish to the allocated skip bin and then the Youthies got ready to receive our Community Day Sail guests and staff from Creativity Inc, the Defence Graduate Development program and a member of the Defence Reserve Support organisation.
We had embarked all of our guests by 1015, when we cast off our lines from our berth and took our guests for a sail around the harbour. The winds were quite light but we made the best of them, eventually setting most of our fore-and-aft sails. Chef Marcus, assisted by some of our youthies provided a delicious canapé lunch which was distributed to our guests by the youth crew. We left the awning up to provide some shade in the 34 deg. C temperatures we experienced. We berthed back at FBE at 1300 and farewelled our guests. After a short rest the watches proceeded ashore individually to complete their end-of-voyage chats, facilitated by their Watch Leaders.
The crew returned onboard at 1530 and we held the final round of ‘Ropies’ the result of which determined which watch did which square sail in the activity that followed. The watches then undertook the ‘Harbour Furl’, a traditional preparation of the square sails in a ‘ship-shape’ condition for our ceremonial arrival at our Cockle Bay berth tomorrow morning at 1000.
We departed the wharf at 1730 and anchored in Athol Bay at 1800. Dinner was ready so we all enjoyed the youth crew’s last dinner, a pizza extravaganza prepared by Chef Marcus with some help from some youthies. After cleaning up from dinner the crew completed their last remaining Command Day Tasks. A slide show of the voyage prepared by Bridget and a song about the voyage written by Gabby and Raz.
The last thing on the agenda for the day was the post-voyage administration. The youthies completed a feedback questionnaire on the voyage and wrote a letter to themselves about their experiences onboard, which will be posted to them in 6 months. We then encouraged everyone to ‘hit the sack’ after another long exhausting day!
To Alex and Rhonda, Hey there. I wish you could have seen this. Love Gabby