Ahoy Shipmates….sadly for the final time this voyage. A warm morning greeted the YC as they arose to prepare for what would prove to be a very busy Australia Day. After breakfast and a quick morning brief we weighed anchor and made our way to Fleet Base East, arriving alongside at 0900. It was then time to give the old girl a quick scrub in preparation for our Community Day Sail guests. At 1115, and with all onboard, we departed and made our way out into a very busy Sydney Harbour, taking in the events, such as an FA18 fly past, ferry race and a majestic low fly over by an A380. As winners of last years Tall Ships Race we were instructed to share the love and let someone else win. We did so courteously, but still managed to set a full press of sails. I caught snippets on the news…we looked pretty good! With race over and our saluting cannon ammunition expended, we made our way back to the Navy base to disembark our guests, before returning to anchor in Double Bay with a view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House…a good spot for the fireworks as well it turns out. Once at anchor engineer Brett completed the last round of rope races and tallied the final scores…1st White Watch 2nd Red Watch 3rd Blue Watch. Their reward would be the positions they take when manning the yards at voyage end tomorrow. All the Youth Crew then proceeded aloft to harbour furl the square sails before filling their bellies with home made Pizza from Chef Zac and helpers, and enjoying twilight on the harbour. End of voyage admin was the next order of business before we all enjoyed the Australia Day fireworks at 0915. Once the oohs and aahs had finished it was time for the final two Command Day tasks…the slide show reflecting on the last 10 days (always a favourite) and poem (very amusing). The staff recited some poems of there own before the Youth Crew settled into anchor watches and their final night onboard. It has been a pleasure having these 20 young Australians (and one visiting pom!) on board for Voyage 2/19. They were quick learners, gelled well, and hopefully had fun…I know the staffies did. Tomorrow the Youth Crew will lay aloft for the final time as we take a cruise around the harbour before berthing at 1000 and farewelling our young shipmates…they are now part of the Young Endeavour family! That’s it from me…wishing you all fair winds and following seas…Captain Kenny…out!
Wind: S at 10 knots Weather: Warm and overcast Location: At anchor Double Bay