Weather - fine, Wind - NW / 20 kn, Swell - nil, Temp - 24 deg. C
Ahoy there Shipmates,
Sail Master Dion woke the crew at 0630 with another of his calming retro tunes. After a few laps walking around the deck, followed by the YC learning some ‘Tall Ship’ dance moves, it was straight into the showers and breakfast.
After the final Morning Brief and Happy Hour for the Voyage, the Ship departed our Altona Beach anchorage at 0930 and the Youth Crew began to lay aloft in the old Naval tradition of ‘Manning the Yards’ for the arrival at Workshops Pier, Williamstown, in time to be viewed by families and friends.
We welcomed them onboard at 1015 and then held a brief ceremony at which I presented the Voyage Achievement certificates to each crew member and the Captain’s Award of Excellence to Tully Dinte. She received the award in recognition of her efforts always to do his best, regardless of success or failure, and the spirit of friendship she displayed in supporting each of her fellow youth crew. We then said our farewells to the Youth Crew of Voyage 06/18 and their families. It has been magnificent journey and one not to be forgotten.
The Ship will remain in Melbourne until Thu 22 Mar when she sails for Eden under the temporary Command of LCDR Gavin Dawe who is enabling me to take a voyage off to be with my family.