The ship entered Gladstone Harbour late yesterday evening and sailed all the way to the anchorage, anchoring shortly after 0100.
After anchoring yesterday evening at Round Head Hill, the command day elections were held in the cafe. The noise of cheers and applause indicated they were keenly contested.
We woke this morning to clear skies which made a very, very pleasant change. The wind was still blowing hard from the south but it looked a great day for sailing.
The rain never really stopped last night and with the strong SE breeze the only positive thing was that we were running with it. In basic terms it has been awful sailing weather.
Had a fairly slow start today not getting underway until after lunch. There was little point anyway as there was very little wind until then.
The ship continued to run up past Fraser Is last night wearing at midnight to close the coast and clear Breaksea Spit.
We had a good run up the coast last night although it was everybody up at 0400 to wear ship as the wind backed to the SE.
Everybody got to the topgallant yard last night, which was a great effort for day 1. At 0800 we had our flag raising ceremony followed by morning brief.
Another 24 eager youth crew joined the ship this afternoon for the voyage from Brisbane to Gladstone. At 1530, I formally welcomed them onboard and introduced the staff crew.
With our special guests embarked we sailed at 1000 and enjoyed a lively sail in Moreton Bay. Our newest crewmembers had a ball and got involved in all aspects of sailing the ship.