2300 at sea - weather scattered cloud, wind SE 20 knots, swell SE 2 metres, temperature 24 degrees, barometer 1022 hpa
Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to day eight, after a night at anchor in the semi shelter of Rodds Bay, the morning commenced at 0630 with another rousing tune this time from Sail Master Jordo. After morning brief and happy hour the ship weighed anchor at 1030 and forged into a 30 knot sou easterly and a 2.5 mere short swell. The last rotation of demonstrational tacks was completed before the ship beat it way back towards the Rodds Bay anchorage before she was blown northwards.
After lunch Captains Setting and Furling was conducted when I observed each watch safely set and furl sails without their staff Watch Leaders to ensure that they were ready to control the ship when they assume command at 1300 on Friday for 24 hours. It was with great satisfaction that each watch successfully achieved the required standard. This concluded with a BBQ dinner.
With dinner consumed, a special movie was screened, depicting a young man who sailed around Cape Horn in 1929 on one of the last tall ship cargo vessels. Many similarities and comparisons could be drawn 80 years later with our own band of young adventurers.
One of the crew members then required a medical assessment for a pre-existing condition which was aggravated onboard. The ship duly weighed anchor and conducted a transit to Gladstone anchoring in the early hours of 13 April 12 for a boat transfer ashore. After a night in hospital the crew member was assessed as fit to return to the ship for the remainder of the voyage, the NOK were informed.
The ship remained at anchor for the remainder of the night, to achieve a good night’s rest and respite in anticipation for tomorrow’s commencement of Command Day. Our last eight days on voyage have seen significant developments in the overall journey of our young adventurers. They have progressed enormously both individually and collectively as the voyage continues to gain momentum. Command Day approaches with great anticipation for all.