Another 24 eager youth crew joined the ship this afternoon for the voyage from Brisbane to Gladstone. At 1530, I formally welcomed them onboard and introduced the staff crew.
With our special guests embarked we sailed at 1000 and enjoyed a lively sail in Moreton Bay. Our newest crewmembers had a ball and got involved in all aspects of sailing the ship.
Having sailed into Moreton Bay the ship anchored off Moreton Island after lunch. The boat was launched and the crew were ferried ashore to the beach for a sports afternoon.

With Youth Crew in command, anchor was weighed shortly after 1100 yesterday in light and variable winds.

In preparation for command day, the final set of sail drills was conducted in the afternoon.
Yesterday was a tremendous sailing day. At 1030 we sailed from the anchorage in a moderate NW breeze in glorious sunshine and headed out to sea.
We finally made it to Coffs Harbour after lunch yesterday having battled the northerly winds for three days since leaving Sydney.
The northerly winds have persisted over the last 24 hrs which has made for tough going.
The wind has remained fresh from the north for the past 24 hrs and the crew has been putting in the big ones to work the ship north against wind and current.
Yesterday was a busy day with a very steep learning curve for the youth crew. Anchor was weighed at 1030 and the ship motored out of Sydney Heads in glorious sunshine with a light northerly wind.