Ahoy Shipmates,What a busy 24 hours it has been! We departed our anchorage last night shortly after 2030 and transited the Tory Channel out into Cook Strait. When we got there the wind was 30knots and the sea was quite rough. Overnight we sailed into the Strait, and came into the enormous Wellington Harbour at 0730 this morning. After we berthed at Queen’s Wharf, we stored ship, took on water and landed all of our garbage to bins ashore. After lunch, 40 guests invited by the Australian High Commission joined for a three hour cruise around the harbour, before we dropped them off at Queen’s Wharf. We then headed out to anchor and started all of our end of voyage debriefs, had a BBQ dinner, and the ship’s concert. Overnight we will remain at anchor before the voyage comes (blink, blink, teary eyes) to an end tomorrow. For friends and family meeting Youth Crew, the ship will berth at Queen’s Wharf No.4 at 10:00 am.It has been a fantastic voyage, and one which we will all remember for a long time to come,Yours Aye,Chris Chris GallowayCommander, RANCommanding Officer
Wind - Southerly at 20knots, sky clear, sea calm.
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