Ahoy Shipmates,Welcome to the Captain’s Log for Voyage 07/07, Brissie to Mackay. I’ll update you dailiy, usually mid afterniin with the goings-on for the last 24 hours, and the plan for the next day or so.Everyone joined us yesterday afternoon at Dockside Marina in Brisbane. Here we farewelled family and friends and sailed down river to Bulimba, where we have remained overnight. During the evening we spent time getting to know the ship and each other, and competing first climbs – everyone got to the topgallant, 30m off the water – an awesome effirt.This morning we started with Early Morning Activity, followed by colours and morning brief. This voyage is special as we are running “Biggest Loser Young Endeavour”, the weight loss competition for the Staffies. It should be amusing, to say the least!We will sail shortly (about 1000) and head out to sea on the first leg of the voyage, hopefully arriving at Lady Musgrave Is sometime on Tuesday for our first shore expedition. The team have a big day ahead of them learning to sail the ship, and we need to be able to tack her as a crew by susnset this evening.Until tomorrow, shipmates,Yours AyeChrisChris GallowayCommander, RANCommanding OfficerÂ
Winds ESE 10-15 kts, partly cloudy, infrequent showers.
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Day 2 found the ship tucked away nice and snug in the lee of the lovely, Mud Island in Moreton Bay. Hands were called at 0630 and the youth crew's presence was kindly requested topside for a bit of move and shake, for our first early morning activity. Then it was away to wash and eat before morning brief took place on the bridge after the formalities of our Colours ceremony at 0800. Dion hatched the plan for the day and then Theresa (our lifesaving and safety equipment expert) took charge for a collective closer look at said lifesaving equipment. Whilst that was happening, remaining staff weighed anchor under a gorgeous blue and sun drenched day and we commenced our pilotage out of Moreton Bay - with Emma the Navigator as our trusty Pilot. Once Theresa had completed her briefing, youth crew turned-to cleaning stations, or as we call it, "happy hour". Whales, turtles and dolphins frolicked as we sailed past them and then out into the Coral Sea we went. A large cargo ship tooted their horn, 'adieu', and we responded in kind. All the while our sea puppies set and furled the sails, had a wee break for lunch, then continued with same all afternoon. Finally, when watch leaders gave me the nod, I gave Dion a wink and he called the ship to tacking stations. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, it was with almost mechanical precision that this youth crew of ours, performed their duties in a well oiled fashion, and they did tack this ship, back and forth, several times to drill and practice the required actions to manouevre this beautiful ship through the wind. I was well impressed. Bravo I said, then Dion stood them down for half an hour. Dinner was taken at 1715, then the youth crew turned-to sea watches, to assist with navigational safety overnight, whilst the others slept soundly. Each watch would take a four hour trick to follow the navigation plan by helm, keep lookout duties and conduct hourly rounds throughout the night. Additionally they would consolidate sail handling and climbing procedures. If they didn't know, now they know - This here is a working ship and we have no passengers embarked. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+