Ahoy there everyone,Â A well deserved nights alongside Queens Wharf was had by all. I guarantee everyone onboard slept very soundly and for good reason, most were exhausted from Command Day. We embarked 48 guests, the majority of which were associated with the San Clemente Catholic Education Group supporting special needs youth. All lines were cast off at 1000 and we conducted a three hour sail around the Port of Newcastle in clear weather before the ship returned back alongside Queens Wharf and our guests were farewelled. The Youth Crew then conducted end of voyage talks before climbing aloft and placing neat harbour furls in all the square sails.The Youth Crew cooked and consumed a magnificent teak deck BBQ for dinner with the stunning lights of Newcastle as the backdrop. The evening culminated with the Youth Crew presenting a slide show and poem, capturing various selected moments and experiences during the voyage. This gave everyone the opportunity to reflect on the past 10 days and their amazing once in a life time journey. The remainder of the evening was spent completing end of voyage questionnaires and letters to themselves, which are returned to each Youth Crew member six months after voyage completion.The ship will depart Queens Wharf tomorrow morning for a final passage around Newcastle Harbour with the Youth Crew manning the yards before returning to our berth for the last time and an emotional farewell to our young adventurers.Until then it has been an honour and privilege to sail with the Youth and Staff Crew of Voyage 12/11. I wish them all the best for their future endeavours.â€˜Carpe Diemâ€™Yours AyeCaptain Damien
2300 alongside - weather scattered cloud, wind W 5 knots, swell nil, temperature 10 degrees, barometer 1009 hpa
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