It was a very pleasant day as we embarked the Youth Crew, families and friends at Darling Harbour this afternoon. After a tour of the Ship and a brief welcome address, we said our farewells and set sail. Well, technically we used our engines to depart the wharf at the National Maritime Museum before shaping course for Sydney Harbour, passing under the famous Coat Hangar and very close by the Opera House and Fort Denison. We actually passed under the Harbour Bridge as a train went over which traditionally costs the Navigator (Kyle) – there was much debate as to our position and where the train was so I feel I may not receive a payment at all. Note to self for when performance reports are due! With the Youth Crew getting to know each other and our Watch Leaders (Red – Jimmy, White – Megan and Blue Lauren) providing guidance for the Youth Crew, we proceeded to anchor in Hunters Bay just before 5:00pm. We enjoyed a lovely dinner thanks to our bubbly chef Keely before Sail Master Adam and I had a chance to discuss the Voyage in more detail with the Youth Crew. Our Engineer for the Voyage is Brett and the Boats Officer, young James. We have a full house so to speak with all our bunks filled and after what has been a long day for many, I’m sure those bunks will be greatly appreciated, even if they are only 600mm wide.
Until tomorrow, take care out there on the land.
Dave J (or Yak)
A glorious day in Sydney with lovely clear skies and a light breeze with a top temperature of 27 Degrees... until a cold front passed through at about 6:00pm. We are presently at anchor in Hunters Bay near Balmoral Beach, Sydney Harbour with 15-20 knot SW winds and rain. Temperature is now 18 Degrees and there is a slight hint of swell that is inducing a subtle and calming roll to the Ship.
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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike