33° 52' South
151° 13' East

Weather: overcast with showers, Wind: 025 / 25 knots, Temp: 19 deg. C

Ahoy there shipmates,

We awoke to blustery and choppy conditions in Watsons Bay, weighing anchor at 0800 and making best speed under engines to the Fleet Base at Woolloomooloo where we berthed alongside at 0900. We then embarked forty-five guests, twenty-five of whom were half day sailors from Sunnyhaven Disability Services. We departed the wharf at 1000 and spent 3 hours sailing around the harbour including Darling Harbour and Rose Bay in gusty and showery conditions.

Having farewelled our guests back in Woolloomooloo the watches conducted their end of voyage chats ashore in local cafes. We then had the final edition of ‘Ropies’, after which the youthies donned their wet weather gear and lay aloft to tidy-up the sea-furl of the square sails.

We had planned to sail and proceed to anchor in the harbour on completion of the work aloft, however the wind had strengthened to a steady 25 knots and I decided it was safer to remain alongside, given there was no real imperative for us to sail.

Haydo treated us to a pizza night for dinner. He has a standing, as yet un-met, challenge for a crew to eat all the pizza that he produces on a pizza night. The challenge remains yet-to-be-achieved. The Youth Crew completed some end-of-voyage paperwork before undertaking the final two tasks from Command Day. The reading of a poem about the voyage, composed by Asheigh Hales, and the viewing of a slide show depicting the voyage, composed by Harrison Brown and Tully Doole. We also sang Happy Birthday to Davin Dunthorne, our Kiwi visitor from the NZ Sail Training Ship ‘Spirit of NZ’, and shared his birthday cake. The youthies were exempt watches overnight so they all managed a full night’s sleep.

Yours Aye

Captain Mike

PS. From Rory, Happy birthday to Pippin Vaughan in Gatton, QLD. Hope your paws are well.