27° 7' South
153° 21' East

2300 at anchor - weather isolated showers, wind SE 8 knots, swell nil, temperature 22 degrees, barometer 1018 hpa

Ahoy there everyone,

Welcome to day eight at anchor adjacent Tangalooma, Moreton Island, the morning commenced at 0630 with another rousing tune from Sail Master Dion. The early morning activity was followed immediately by a second swim for the voyage in the waters of Moreton Bay. With breakfast, morning brief and happy hour completed the ship weighed anchor and proceeded into the centre of Moreton Bay in order to conduct Captain’s Sail Setting and Furling assessment. I observed each watch in their ability to safely set and furl sails without their staff Watch Leaders to ensure that they were ready to control the ship when they assume command at 0900, Saturday 31 Mar 12, for a 24 hour period. It was with great satisfaction that each watch successfully achieved the required standard.

On completion all three square sails were set and the ship majestically sailed to our overnight anchorage adjacent Cowan Cowan point, Moreton Island. After a stunning sunset the Youth Crew elected their team replacing all the staff positions in preparation for Command Day. A special movie was then screened, depicting a young man who sailed around Cape Horn in 1929 on one of the last tall ship cargo vessels. Many similarities and comparisons could be drawn 80 years later with our own band of young adventurers.

After another very busy day, the Youth Crew have settled down for the night, to achieve a good night’s rest and respite in anticipation for tomorrow’s commencement of Command Day. Our last seven days at sea have seen significant developments in the overall journey of our young adventurers. They have progressed enormously both individually and collectively as the voyage continues to gain momentum. Command Day approaches with great anticipation for all.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien