What a day!. The morning started early with Young Endeavour departing her anchorage at Athol Bay at 0830. We then proceeded alongside a Fleet Base East were we gave the Ship a quick clean in preparation for our Australia Day guests. Our guests arrived at 1030 and following one of Taffs safety equipment briefs we cast off lines and departed our berth. Once back on the harbour we were surrounded by hundreds of spectator craft who had also decided to enjoy Australia Day on Sydney Harbour. After threading our way through these craft we made our way to Darling Harbour were we joined a number of other Tall Ships for the Parade of Sail. This parade took us back under the Harbour Bridge and down to Bradley's Head were we set ourselves up for the Tall Ship Race.
At the start of this race the conditions were light which suited Young Endeavour as we are considerably lighter than the other ships. That said the race was very close with Young Endeavour only narrowly beating James Craig across the Harbour Bridge finish line. The Youth Crew did an amazing job at setting and furling sails and really proved that they have learnt a lot about sailing the ship over the past 10 days.
On completion of the race we again headed back to Fleet Base East were we berthed at 1445. Following a short break the Watch Leaders conducted end of voyage talks then preparations were again made to sail.
At 1700 Young Endeavour again departed her berth and headed around to Darling Harbour were we entered Cockle Bay when the bridge was opened for us at 1800. Once in Cockle Bay we proceeded to secure ourselves to 2 mooring which had been specially laid for this occasion. Once safely secured to the moorings we enjoyed a wonderful Teak Deck BBQ which included fresh prawns and oysters. By the way, our moorings in Cockle Bay were only 40m away from all of the firework barges so you can well imagine the view that we had of the Australia Day Fireworks display, it was amazing.
The time is now 2215 and the Youth Crew have just completed their sea furls of all sails. It has been a hugely successful day with everyone having a truly memorable Australia Day. Tomorrow morning at 0500 Young Endeavour will depart Cockle Bay (this is the only time the Pyrmont Bridge opens for vessel departures) and will proceed to anchor in Farm Cove for a couple of hours before proceeding alongside and completing this voyage.
I will finish this log here as I need to get some much needed sleep in preparation for tomorrow's early start.
Until next voyage, take care.