05 December 2023
Day 1 – Ahoy New Shipmates! (We’re back!)
Ahoy there landlubbers, armchair sailors and salty sea dogs all! Welcome to the Captain’s Log, we’re right back at it for Voyage 19/23! Did you miss us?
It was a hot and sunny December day for the Youth Crew of Voyage 19/23 to join us alongside HMAS Waterhen in Sydney. Our brand new Youthies, and their friends and family embarked for some quick tours before hunting for shade at midships for introductions. Once I’d welcomed everyone on board, it was time to meet my exceptional crew for the voyage: Sail Master – Tomo, Navigator – Trevor, Watch Officer – Emma, Red Watch Leader – TJ, Assistant Red Watch Leader – Timmy, White Watch Leader – Matty, Blue Watch Leader – Christine, Assistant Blue Watch Leader - Karsen, Engineer – Nobby and last, but by no means least, Chef – Ash!
Before long, it was time to say farewells and begin our adventure with Watch Leaders quickly taking charge for ice breakers and ships tours. Chef Ash then served up a treat with Baked Ham, Salmon and Creamy Tomato and Mushroom Pasta on offer.
With dinner done and dusted, it was time to depart Waterhen and set off for a sunset harbour cruise to Athol Bay. Once safely anchor, our Youthies settled on deck with a stunning view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in the background.
Chef Ash kicked off the evening’s briefs with her Medical Care Provider chat, giving tips and tricks for staying happy and healthy on board. Then Engineer Nobby laid down the law, with 90 second showers the order of the day. Finally Sail Master Tomo and the Captain (that’s me!) had their say before it was judged that our new shipmates were all briefed out for the day.
Finally, it was time for some cool (90 second!) showers and bed. With the Staffies volunteering to keep the ship safe overnight it will be the Youthies last chance for a full night’s sleep for a while!
It’s been a big day to start V19/23 and our Youthies are all tucked up safe in bed. Tune in tomorrow (and each night) to see what our adventurous Youth Crew have been up to.
Until then, stay safe new friends! Captain Libby +