Hi Everyone,Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Welcome to day nine of our voyage. On a normal day I would be writing a full days log explaining what we have experienced, observed and achieved but as of 1300 today I handed the ship over to Youth Crew Captain Edward and his loyal Crew for their 24hr Command Day so this responsibility has now fallen upon his shoulders and I am sure that you will enjoy reading about their exploits.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Â Yours AyeCaptain GavÂ Evening,Today marks both day 9 of our voyage and the start of the exciting command day! I am pleased to be writing this while the ship steadily moves towards Eden on a beautiful moonlight night, with the ship under the command of myself and the Youth Crew.We awoke this morning at 0700 full of excitement and with a few nerves at the challenge to come. The morning consisted of breakfast, watches and our happiest hour as we cleaned the ship in anticipation of the ship hand over in the afternoon. Our two elected chefs were already hard at work in the kitchen, where they produced an incredible â€˜Americaâ€™ themed lunch of cheeseburgers, chicken wings, ribs and loaded fries which was enjoyed immensely by everyone.At 1300 the ship was officially handed over to the Youth Crew, with the command and ceremonial passingÂ of the telescope as Captain Gav handed me command. The youth crew, split into the new Salt and Pepper watches, jumped straight into the daunting task of setting our sail, planning our heading, and organising our ship to sail.At present, with the time at 20:40, we are off the South-East coast of Victoria and heading North-West at a leisurely 5 knots on our way to a waypoint off the coast of the Victoria-NSW boarder. Our square sails are up, the wind at our backs and the youth crew proud to have accomplished an afternoon of wonderful sailing with the ship under our command.Overnight, we will continue to progress up the coast towards our destination at Eden, swapping between our two watches and hopefully getting some well needed rest in between!Looking forward to checking back in tomorrow with our successful arrival in Eden, after an incredible journey full of challenges and fun.Â Yours AyeEdwardÂ Â
Currently we are located 12nm to the SW of Gabo Island sailing downwind under three squares and enjoying moderate-strong 14-18kt SSW winds with a 1.5m SW swell. Our speed is 6kts and the temperature is 16 degrees.
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