Last night we sailed down the central coast with following winds. The Youth Crew are starting to take on a real feel for the ship and making every moment count.
Overnight we sailed north east to Port Stephens and arrived there as the wind started to ease.
After a night spent at anchor, it was up early for some morning activity - Pauly style.
I took Command of Young Endeavour (that's me in the photo) from Andrew Rourke last Thursday.
The concert last night was a real hoot and as I predicted I was featured in a 'This is your life' skit. The YC put on some great acts and it was an excellent way to finish off the voyage.
The Command Day debrief went very well last night. It was a frank and thought provoking discussion which highlighted many important lessons.
Things were going great yesterday evening until about 2000 when the ship came off its course and with all three square sails set and no headsails, being way out of balance, the sails went aback.
As we motored the final few miles to our anchorage in Broken Bay yesterday evening, the YC held their Command Day elections.
The winds did abate overnight as expected, however the large seas still provided quite a bumpy ride. The ship tacked at midnight and again at 0800 this morning.
If 'Adventure at Sea' was what the YC were after, well they certainly got it in the last 24 hrs. Leaving the lights of Coffs Harbour astern, the northerly wind steadily increased during the evening.