Day 1 – Welcome Aboard, Birthday Cake and Fireworks!
Ahoy shipmates…Welcome to our third voyage for 2021…the comeback continues! If the first two voyages are anything to go by, it should be a cracker! The weather forecast looks good (ie not much rain), and we have 18 enthusiastic young Australians embarked for the adventure of a lifetime (I may be a bit biased). They joined us at HMAS Waterhen at 1500 today, and once all had been safely escorted onboard and stowed their gear, we gathered at midships for the formal welcome and introductions. At 1545 we departed our berth and made our way under the harbour bridge (never gets old) to our overnight anchorage in Double Bay (speccy views of the city, opera house and bridge). Gotta say though…being the Easter long weekend, the harbour was very busy! Once at anchor the youth crew got to know a bit about each other via ice-breakers, and the ship through tours guided by their watch leaders. After a delicious dinner, the first of many I’m certain, we all gathered once again at midships for briefs from the engineer (fixer of broken stuff), the sailmaster (program director and some do’s and dont’s), and myself (motivation and encouragement to seize every opportunity…leaving in 10 days with no regrets). Oh, and I forgot to mention…in between briefs we were treated to some birthday cake…happy birthday to Cameron (youth crew) and Jerome (staff crew)! And right on cue, as we were enjoying the cake, fireworks exploded over circular quay…couldn’t have timed it better. Our resident safety experts then gave a detailed brief on the various safety equipment around the ship, and as I write each watch is now conducting an introduction to deck safety and line handling, as well as completing their ‘full value contracts’, outlining their hopes and fears for the voyage (seasickness always gets a mention). We hope to have them in their racks by 1000…day two is always a big day…their heads may explode from the information overload, necessary if they want to take Command in eight days time! We plan on departing Sydney Harbour around mid afternoon tomorrow and will chase the wind, although from the looks of the forecast, won’t be much around for a few days…some challenging light airs sailing is on the cards. That’s about it for now…from tomorrow I will enlist the assistance of the youth crew to write the log so you can get to hear their version of events. Until tomorrow, fair winds, Captain Kenny.
Wind: NE at 4 knots Weather: Fine Sea: Calm Location: At anchor Double Bay