Ahoy there Shipmates,
A well deserved night’s rest at anchor in Little Manly Cove 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, which this morning was a quick game of ‘Knights, Mounts and Cavaliers’.
After breakfast, we departed the anchorage and proceeded to Fleet Base East (FBE), conducting Morning Brief and Happy Hour on the way. We berthed alongside the Cruiser Wharf where we embarked 35 half day sailors facilitated by Windgap Disability Services, along with some Defence guests and friends of the Staff crew. We departed the wharf at 1000 and spent 3 hours sailing around the harbour. 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 the Fleet Base at 1300 and remained there until 1700 in order for the watches to be able to conduct their end of voyage chats and the harbour-furling 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.
Once we had anchored in Athol Bay, Chef Keely treated us to a pizza night dinner enjoyed on the upper decks enjoying the views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. We then had the reading of a poem about the voyage composed by Maddy Golan and Jeremy Repetto and the singing of a song by the whole Youth Crew, composed by Clayton Springbett. This was followed by the viewing of a slide show depicting the voyage, compiled by Cassidy Neville-Pope.
The last thing on the agenda for the day was the post-voyage administration. The youthies completed a feedback questionnaire on the voyage and wrote a letter to themselves about their experiences onboard, which will be posted to them in 6 months. We then encouraged everyone to ‘hit the sack’ after another long exhausting day!