Good afternoon Shipmates,
This is the last time I will talk to you about Voyage 07/21 and the adventures of our able – bodied youth crew. After breakfast this morning we weighed anchor and commenced the 2 hour passage to the Coral Sea Marina at Abell Point, Airlie Beach. On the way we had our final Morning Brief, at which Salty the Seadog (or crab in this case) explained the nautical origin of the expression â€œ2 â€“ 6 heaveâ€, which we use onboard to manage the timing when we have a group hauling on a line. This was followed by a final set of â€˜deep-cleaningâ€™ and the youth crew packing their bags.
We anchored off the marina at 0930, after advice that the marina could accommodate us with a berth for 2 hours between 1100 and 1300. That was fantastic news and we much appreciated the way Coral Sea Marina helped us out in that way. It enabled us to disembark our very valuable cargo of youth crew onto a wharf, instead of having to transfer them ashore by boat, something which would have taken a long time and been much less intimate.
Once secured alongside, we held the Voyage Completion Certificate presentations and the awarding of the Young Endeavour Award for this Voyage to Gabrielle Rooney, a well-deserved recipient. Approximately 15 families and friends were on the wharf to observe the presentations and listen to the short speeches. Once all Youth Crew had there was much hugging and a few tears as they crossed the gangway for the final time of the voyage. It has been an honour to have such a fine group of young Australians in my crew for 11 days. We have certainly shared some adventures.
Yours Aye, Captain Mike
Anchored off Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach. Wind: SE 10 Kn, Sea and Swell: negligible, Weather: fine and clear, Temp: 22 deg C
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