This morning was fine but unseasonably cool. At morning brief I informed the Youth Crew that we would have a visit from the Prime Channel 7 News Team who had been notified by the local residents of Crowdy Head of Young Endeavours arrival and had requested a visit to film a story for the evening news. Following morning brief the YC turned to at cleaning stations and gave the ship a really good clean, which reflected the sense of pride that they have developed in their ship over the past 5 days. While this was occurring the Engineer and the Navigator proceeded ashore and spend 1 hour at the small Crowdy Head Public School (10 students) answering questions about the ship and our program. At 1000 we embarked the film crew who took some great footage of the Youth Crew going about their normal daily activities, including a set of rope races, followed by interviews with Youth Crew member Rosie Sheeba and myself. Once the film crew had departed lunch was served and preparations made for our departure. At 1315 the anchor was weighed and YE achieved a near perfect sail from anchor and in doing so gave the residents, and in particular the children of the Crowdy Head school a great view of the ship under sail. Once in clear water the ship was brought hard onto the wind and a course shaped to the south east. During the rest of the afternoon I took the opportunity to spend time with each of the watches to discuss sail theory and in particular the intricacies of sailing a tall ship. This evening all of the 27 YC and 9 Staff Crew crowded into the Staff Mess to watch ourselves on the Prime Channel 7 News, with all being very happy with the news story and the footage of the ship.
At 1900 when we were well positioned within the East Australian Current (EAC) we tacked ship, altered course to the south west and shaped a new course for Port Stephens which is our planned anchorage for Tomorrow.
Until Tomorrow, take care.