V04/21 Sydney to Newcastle
24 May - 03 Jun 2021
Wind: NE at 3 knots Weather: Fine Sea: Calm Location: At anchor Athol Bay (near Taronga Zoo).
Ahoy shipmates...normal transmission has resumed! We have spent the last 5 weeks since Voyage 3/21 giving the old girl a little TLC (maintenance) and she is looking quite sprightly. We have now commenced our northern deployment and over the coming months will make our way north to Cairns and return...fingers crossed. First leg...Sydney to Newcastle. Under clearing skies the 16 youth crew of voyage 4/21 joined us at HMAS Waterhen at 1500 this afternoon...a diverse and enthusiastic bunch at first impression. After their gear was stowed we gathered at midships for the acknowledgement of country, welcome brief and introductions. At 1550 we departed our berth and made our way to our overnight anchorage in Athol Bay, near Taronga Zoo. On the way we passed under the Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House...have to say the view from our anchorage is pretty spectacular, particularly at night. Athol Bay is one our favourite spots around the harbour. Once safely at anchor the youth crew completed ice-breakers and ship's tours, and settled into their home for the next 10 days. Dinner was spectacular as always...thanks Chef Keely...and then it was into the Engineer, Sailmaster and Captain's brief...basically the fixer, the program director, and the motivational speaker...or something along those lines. We also took custody of mobile phones...time to disconnect for while! As I write our resident safety expert Bobby is giving a detailed safety brief, highlighting the location and use of safety equipment onboard, after which the youth crew will be handed over to their watch leaders for an intro to line handling and to complete their 'full value contracts'...goals and challenges for voyage. Hopefully we will have them in their racks (bunks) by around 2200...they will need a good night's sleep for the always busy day 2, and challenge number 1...climbing to the top of the foremast. We intend departing Sydney Harbour around mid afternoon tomorrow and, looking at the weather forecast, will most likely make our way south to the beautiful Jervis Bay before heading north. That's about it for now, but before I go, the staff crew for Voyage 4/21...Captain - Kenny (Cap K), Sailmaster - Reggie, Assistant Sailmaster - Rio, Navigator - Jemma, Watch Officer - Jordo, White Watch Leader - Bobby, Red Watch Leader - TJ, Blue Watch Leader - Phoebe, Engineer - Reggie, Chef - Keely. Until tomorrow, fair winds, Captain Kenny.
The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in times of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge and controversy! Martin Luther King Jr.