Currently at anchor at Black Point, Port Essington and enjoying light NE winds with nil swell and the temperature is 23 degrees.
Welcome to Day 7 of our voyage. By sunrise this morning we were located 12nm to the ENE of Port Essington sailing on a very broad reach under a reduced sail plan.
The morning activities commenced early with Captains Setting and Furling Drills at 0715. These drills continued right into Port Essington where once completed all sail was handed in then we proceeded to anchor at Black Point at 0910.
Once at anchor we conducted a short morning brief then the Youth Crew were ferried ashore where they enjoyed a morning of beach sports and a good leg stretch. By 1200 everyone was back onboard and following another delicious lunch (thanks Marcos) and a short break they were all again ferried ashore where they were given a tour of the Black Point Cultural Centre and a presentation by the Park Ranger on the history of Port Essington and the importance of this remote National Park.
This evening we invited the Park Ranger and his Partner onboard for a BBQ dinner and a tour of the ship as a thank you for the informative tours that they had kindly provided this afternoon.
Later this evening after farewelling our guests we held the Command Day Brief which was followed by Command Day Elections.
The time is now 2100 and these elections are now complete and positions announced. Our plan is to remain at anchor overnight ensuring that all onboard are well rested for what will be a challenging but exciting Command Day.
Until tomorrow, take care.
Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground. -Theodore Roosevelt (US President)