27° 26' South
153° 6' East

Alongside at Brisbane: Weather - partly cloudy, Wind - 10 knots southerly, Temp 18 deg. C 

Ahoy there Shipmates,

A well deserved night’s rest in the Mud Island anchorage was had by all. I think everyone onboard slept very soundly 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 Matt’s Retro tunes.

After breakfast, the Staffies got the Ship underway and heading up the Brisbane River while we conducted Morning Brief and Happy Hour. We berthed at the Rivergate Marina wharf where we embarked some family and friends of the Staffies, but unfortunately the group of children from Canteen were unable to make it for the half-day sail. Never the less, we departed the wharf at 1000 and spent 3 hours sailing up the river towards 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 Rivergate Marina wharf at 1300 and remained alongside there.

Once we’d embarked some stores and emptied the Ship’s bins the Youthies headed-off in their watches to do their end-of-voyage chats facilitated by their watch leaders. When they returned it was time for the final edition of ‘Ropies’. The Youth Crew then completed some end-of-voyage paperwork, after which Squiz treated us to a pizza night for dinner. 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.

Once that was complete all the Youthies sang a fantastic song about the voyage, composed by Shannon Tathem and Ella Moore-Mitchell, and then we all viewed a slide show which did a great job of depicting the voyage, which was composed by Lily Freeman. We then encouraged everyone to ‘hit the sack’ after a long exhausting day!

Until tomorrow,

Yours Aye

Captain Mike