Yesterday evening I discussed the requirements of Command Day to the YC and the challenge that lay ahead.
Motorsailed most of last night in the persistent and boring light SE winds. Each of the YC watches were kept busy conducting a teamwork exercise that went very well.
Having had a goods night rest at anchor it was up bright and early for some morning exercise and games on another glorious tropical day.
The breeze yesterday evening did not last very long as hoped and most of the night was spent motorsailing. Engines were shut down at 0600 this morning and all sail reset.
Had a very quiet night last night as the ship sailed slowly (average 2kts) north in a light SE wind. This morning we dropped the jib and hoisted the 'whomper' in its place.
Got everybody aloft last night which was a good effort and nearly everybody made it to the topgallant yard later during the night.
The Wallabies won on Saturday, so despite the rather bleak Gladstone weather, it was an excellent weekend.
Had a great concert last night with the highlight being a song written and sung by the whole YC. The fact that it was done as one epitomises the level of teamwork that this crew has established.
Yesterday evening we discussed the command day for nearly two hours. Both good and not so good aspects of the day were discussed and I found many of the comments very moving and even inspirational.
The ship entered Gladstone Harbour late yesterday evening and sailed all the way to the anchorage, anchoring shortly after 0100.