Weather - partly overcast and occasional showers, Wind - 030/12 kn, Swell - nil, Temp - quite warm!
Welcome fellow savvy sailors,
The overnight plans for sailing out to sea and entering Sydney Harbour were frequently adjusted due to impromptu unfavourable Easterly winds. Our Navigators had set a sensible course to follow beforehand, off the forecast of stable 24kn NE winds. Many ideas were suggested at early hours of the morning to adjust to the new conditions, allowing our Navigators and Watch Officer the opportunity to show their newly acquired skills and judgment for the best course of action.
Thankfully we acted on staffie advice and managed to safely enter the harbour and be at anchor by 0630. Wakey Wakey soon followed at 0645 and the crew pleasured their pallet to a delicious breakfast from our Youthie Chefs consisting of cooked bacon/eggs and long awaited fresh pancakes...yummy!!
After attending the Staffie Nav brief, the crew got stuck into our own morning brief featuring new Youthie actors telling tales of "going through the hard yards", "touch-and-go", and "shiver me timbers". By this time media were well-established on board and slowly beginning to feel slightly seasick as we headed out the heads for a quick sail to demonstrate Youthie capabilities at sea. As the winds were still unfavourable the crew put up some staysails, however made a decision to turn around and head back inside the harbour.
As we returned back to anchor some crew members were involved with camera interviews, and after managed to complete some remaining challenges including making a hammock to support everyone and to get all Youthies aloft onto the yards. Shortly being all down on deck, I handed back the telescope to Captain Mike which marked the conclusion of Command Day. Being allowed a few extra hours to complete challenges to compensate for media interruption we sent a shore party to Manly to tick off our final challenge.
Even though we all thoroughly enjoyed being in command of the ship it was a welcoming relief knowing the vessel is back in responsible hands.
After a challenging night, everyone is looking forward to some well deserved sleep and milo.
Ahoy there Shipmates,
As Sam detailed, the Command day for the Youth Crew was an incredible journey, a day filled with individual and team discovery, challenges, rewards, lessons, friendships and beauty. Now that we are at anchor off Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, we have many post-Command Day activities we need to complete before we can relax.
After dinner we watched a film, entitled 'Around Cape Horn' about the adventures of Captain Irving Johnston aboard the famous Barque 'Peking' as a young seaman. It is a great film for putting what the youthies have learned, so far, into perspective compared to what was necessary to learn in a massive ship like the Peking.
The intention is to remain at anchor overnight and sail tomorrow morning to allow the youth crew to host the community-day sailors and show them how much fun it is to sail Young Endeavour.Until tomorrow.