Weather - passing showers, Wind - SE at 10 kn, Swell - nil, Temp - 13 deg. C
Ahoy there Shipmates,
A well deserved night’s rest alongside Queen’s Wharf was had by all. I think everyone onboard slept very soundly and for good reason, most were exhausted from Command Day, but that didn’t stop us from conducting our usual Early Morning Activity on the upper decks to the beat of Sail Master Baggers tunes.
After breakfast, Morning Brief and Happy Hour we departed we embarked our ten guests from the Newcastle area. We departed the wharf at 1000 and spent 2 hours sailing inside the harbour, having stuck our noses outside the breakwater to confirm, as we suspected, that it was too rough for us to stay out there for very long. The Youth Crew hosted the visitors, conducting tours of the Ship, involving them in setting and furling sails and generally spending time with them while they were onboard. We dropped our visitors back at Queen’s Wharf at 1200 and then at 1300 the youth crew proceeded ashore for two hours with their Watch Leaders to conduct their end of voyage chats ashore in the various cafes in town.
Once they returned onboard we had the final edition of ‘Ropies’ and then we conducted the harbour-furl of the square sails. To achieve this all of the Youth Crew proceeded aloft on the yards to fold-up the sails and then stow them inside their UV covers.
Marcus treated us to a pizza night for dinner. The Youth Crew then undertook the final two tasks from Command Day, the reading of a poem about the voyage, composed by Kara, Sam and Anne, and the viewing of a slide show depicting the voyage, composed by Georgia. Once the post-voyage administration was complete, we encouraged everyone to ‘hit the sack’ after a long exhausting day!