Hi everybody. Let me begin by thanking Andrew Rourke for giving me the opportunity to be Captain for this voyage from Gladstone to Brisbane, in preparation for me assuming Command on 7 Sep.
Last night was tropically balmy and the perfect setting for a night of entertainment. The end of voyage concert was a whole lot of fun and there were some very good acts.
We weighed anchor at 0830 and motored the short distance to the Gladstone Wharf berthing at 0900. Kath, the navigator, did the driving and did a fine job.
Overnight the ship tacked five times and not one of them at a watch changeover (the best time to tack). This was not the fault of the YC Captain, as I would have played a similar hand.
Command Day elections were held in the cafe yesterday evening after the ship anchored off Hummocky Is at 2000.
We weighed and sailed from the anchorage at 1000 having celebrated Mel's birthday with a huge cake for morning tea. The SE winds were still with us and the seas a bit lumpy.
Sailed throughout the night tacking at midnight and again at 0230. Each watch conducted a team work exercise during their night watch and from all reports they went very well.
Got underway this morning at 1030 after morning brief and 'happy hour'. We sailed from the anchorage in a seamanlike manner and set the squares to go for an enjoyable sail on a bright sunny day.
Yesterday evening we weighed anchor at 1830 and in short order we had fore and aft sails set and commenced working southwards against a strong SE wind.
Sailed throughout the night tacking at 2000, 0400 and again this morning at 0830. The fresh SE winds have made for some good sailing although seasickness has effected most YC to some extent.