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An unfortunate start to the day found the radar unreliable therefore meaning our sailing for command day was limited to daylight hours. This meant an earlier start to the day and a direct course to Mackay. In order to make the distance we had to begin the journey relying on the power of the engine rather than the sails alone.

The youth crew were awarded points for various activities throughout the day. These ranged from setting sails, to cooking
extravaganzas, applying knot skills and electing a youth leadership group to run the ship throughout the day with minimal input from the staff. Often innovative and creative solutions responded to the tasks at hand, for example, the dressing up of two of the girls as dolphins to make up for the lack of real sightings.

After a \complex\" democratic voting system, the youth crew collectively elected Cameron as captain, with Steve as his executive
officer. Jeff and Fiona were also on the team, as navigational officer and watch officer respectively, while the watches were led by Cassidy, Pete and Luke. They completed the job admirably with the
whole opperation running very smoothly. Congratulations guys - we're very proud of you!

In the afternoon the wind picked up and we were able to rely on the wind alone and sail to our destination. We even managed to set
the majority of the ship's sails, including the challenging main gaff topsail - one that we hadn't used before during this voyage. Late afternoon we arrived ahead of schedule at anchor in Mackay where we were greeted by choppy water and strong winds which meant that several people revisited their earlier seasickness. We are now planning a concert ready for tomorrow night and the completion of further command day activities.

This is Jane, Kate and Hannah signing off on behalf of the youth crew and we'd all just like to say a quick hello to all our families and friends back home!

Also, Luke would like to say a quick hello to everyone back home and that he's having a great time.

Thought of the day: Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery, but today is a gift which is why it's called the \"present\"! Carpe diem!

Captain Cam's comment: I'm very proud of all that we have achieved as a team so far half way through this command day. Not only have we completed the tasks that we set ourselves to have completed by now, but we have also maintained a positive attitude towards each other and we have demonstrated the skills we have learnt in our seven days of training prior to command day. We still have a few tasks to complete hovever we have people working on them as we speak. But most of ll we just want to look back on the day and remember it as a great time had with some new friends! A quick hello to my girlfriend, Jenni, my parents and friends and my
sisters, Kelly and Jacquie. I'll be home soon!