Weather - fine, Wind - 342 / 3 kn, Swell - nil, Temp - 31 deg. C
Ahoy there Shipmates,
Evan woke the crew with another of his favourite tunes and then it was into a quick shower, breaky and then pack our bags. It’s the last day of the voyage!
After the final Morning Brief and Happy Hour for the Voyage, Young Endeavour departed our anchorage at 0900 and the Youth Crew laid aloft in the old Naval tradition of ‘Manning the Yards’ for the formal arrival. After doing a ‘fly by’ under the Sydney Harbour Bridge the youthies came back on deck for the entry into Cockle Bay. We berthed at the Convention Centre wharf at 1015 in front of family and friends. Following a brief ceremony, during which I presented the voyage completion certificate to each of the youth crew member I asked my boss, Captain Warren Bairstow, RAN, Commander Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving, Hydrography and Patrol Boat Forces, to present my Captain’s Award of Excellence to Gabby Hall, in recognition of her achievements during the voyage. We then said our final farewells to the Youth Crew of Voyage 08/18. It has been a magnificent journey and one we will not forget.
I hope you have enjoyed sharing the adventures of this voyage through my Captain’s Log over the last eleven days as much as I have enjoyed writing about them. The Ship will remain in Cockle Bay for the next three days participating in the Classic Wooden Boat Festival.
The ship will depart Sydney on Mon 16 Apr 18 when it sails for Voyage 09/18, starting and finishing back in Sydney.