V04/19 Hobart to Sydney
14 Feb - 24 Feb 2019
Wind: SSE at 15kts Weather: Rain Swell: Nil Location: At anchor Double Bay
Ahoy shipmates...Day 10...after a restful night at anchor in Hunters Bay, we made our way around to Fleet Base East to pick up our guests for the Community Day Sail. At 0900 we berthed as the rain started to tumble. A quick rigging of our midships awning gave us some dry space on deck, and after a quick clean to ensure everything was ship shape, we embarked our guests, including a group from Wind-up Disability Services, as well as a number of staff crew family and friends. At 1015 we departed and conducted a leisurely cruise around the magnificent Sydney Harbour. We normally stay east of the Harbour Bridge but noting the weather conditions today we headed upstream to more sheltered waters, passing the Opera House, beneath the Harbour Bridge, completing a lap around Cockatoo Island and return. During the day the Youth Crew played hosts to our guests, giving tours, displaying their climbing and sail handling skills, and regaling all with stories of their adventures over the last 10 days. At 1300 our guests disembarked and the Youth Crew proceeded aloft for the penultimate time to conduct harbour furls. At 1615 we relocated to our last anchorage of the voyage in Double Bay. The rain that has persisted throughout they day has remained, forcing all last night activities (Voyage song, poem and slide show) below decks. It was quite cosy but we are all family now so no probs. Tomorrow we will conduct a final trip around the harbour, before sending the Youth Crew aloft to man the yards for our 1000 arrival and voyage conclusion. It has been quite the adventure...Hobart, Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay, Coles Bay, Jervis Bay and Sydney Harbour. This group of young Australians gelled very quickly and I know I speak for all the staff when I say that it has been a genuine pleasure sailing with them, watching them grow as both a team and as individuals. And I'm quietly confident they had fun! They are now part of the Young Endeavour family and are welcome back any time. That's it from me...wishing you all fair winds and following seas....Captain Kenny...out!
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