V18/18 Brisbane to Newcastle
06 Oct - 16 Oct 2018
Wind: E at 4 knots Weather: Rain and Thunderstorms Swell: Nil Location: At anchor off Tangalooma, Moreton Island
Ahoy Shipmates, welcome to Voyage 18/18. Under gloomy skies we embarked the Youth Crew of Voyage 18/18 at 1500 this afternoon alongside HMAS Moreton, with friends and family in tow. After the Youth Crew stowed their gear and our guests had quick tours of the Ship, we all gathered at midships for the welcome brief and introductions. After hugs and farewells, friends and family disembarked while we waited for one final Youth Crew member who was delayed at the airport. We were scheduled to depart at 1600 and fortunately our straggler arrived with 10 minutes to spare. After a quick safety brief, we cast off lines for the 3 1/2 hour transit out the Brisbane River and across Moreton Bay to Tangalooma. The transit was conducted in drizzling rain with a number of thunderstorms putting on quite a light show. En route the Youth Crew conducted ice breakers, stowed their gear and were given a more thorough tour of the Ship by their respective watch leaders. After a delicious dinner from Chef Marcus, the Sail Master and Captain gave briefs to the Youth Crew on the plan and expectations for the voyage, then once at anchor we rolled straight into the safety aloft brief, instructing the Youth Crew on the correct method of wearing their harnesses, and safety procedures for laying aloft (climbing). Due to the inclement weather we have deferred first climbs until early tomorrow morning. On completion of tonight's climbing brief, each watch will progress with some basic deck safety and complete their Full Value Contracts, where they lay out their goals and anticipated challenges for the Voyage. It will then be into bed by 2200 for a good nights sleep in preparation for a very busy day two. We hope to depart our anchorage by mid morning tomorrow to begin making our way down the coast towards Newcastle. The forecast is for relatively calm conditions (if a bit wet) for the first few days of the voyage, but looking ahead some more challenging conditions are expected later in the week...exciting times. That's about it for now...until tomorrow, Captain Kenny...out!
There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Kenneth Grahame.