Ahoy there everyone,
A well deserved nights rest at anchor was had by all. I guarantee everyone onboard slept very soundly and for good reason, most were exhausted from Command Day. All hands were up on deck at 0630 for a glorious Sydney sunrise. The ship weighed anchor at 0830 and conducted the short transit from Little Manly Beach to berth at Fleet Base East, Woolloomooloo. We then embarked our half day sail guests from the Cerebral Palsy Society of New South Wales. With all guests onboard the ship we departed our berth and conducted a sail around Port Jackson experiencing a wonderful three hours hosting our guests.
At 1300 the ship returned back alongside Fleet Base East where we farewelled our guests. The Youth Crew then conducted end of voyage talks before climbing aloft and placing neat harbour furls in the sails. Once back on deck the weather had strengthened significantly requiring the ship to remain alongside overnight.
The Youth Crew cooked and consumed a magnificent teak deck BBQ for dinner. The evening culminated with the Youth Crew presenting a slide show, capturing various selected moments and experiences during the voyage. This gave everyone the opportunity to reflect on the past 10 days and their amazing once in a life time journey. The remainder of the evening was spent completing end of voyage questionnaires and letters to themselves, which are returned to each Youth Crew member six months after voyage completion.
The ship will depart Fleet Base East tomorrow morning for a final passage around Port Jackson where we will climb aloft and man the yards with our accomplished young adventurers for a 1000 final berthing back alongside for an emotional farewell to the Youth Crew.
Until then it has been an honour and privilege to sail with the Youth and Staff Crew of Voyage 04/11. I wish them all the best for their future endeavours.