Wind NE 10knots, calm clear and cool.
Ahoy Me hearties,
Well, we have finally made it to an anchorage after four days of hard slog down the East Coast of NSW and across Bass Strait. The team have weathered three gales and some really rough seas to get here; yesterday in particular was pretty awful with 45 knot westerlies as we passed Flinders Is.
This morning we came to anchor in Wineglass Bay on the east side of the Freycinet Peninsuala and had a casual breakfast, followed by happy hour. Everyone was then landed to the beach and made the three hour trek over the Wineglass Track to Coles Bay while some of the Staffies sailed the ship around. After mid-voyage talks ashore, the team have returned to the ship for a teak beach BBQ, and three way talks later this evening.
So far the team are bonding brilliantly - eveyone has strengths and weaknesses and we are all working hard to share the load by working to our strenths. Teamwork is on the up and we now have a seasoned crew which are ready to meet any challenge, which is just as well because from tomorrow onwards we will be craking things up a notch.
During the day tomorrow we will be sailing the ship down to Port Arthur. Enroute we will be completing the final lead-in exercises for Command Day before getting to anchor in time to enjoy the ghost tour. During the afternoon we will be conducting Command day elections in preparation for the big day Monday!
Until tomorrow, shipmates,