G\’day Shipmates its Captain Gunna Rourke here back at the helm having selflessly allowed Damien to take some well earned leave. I just love this ship and it\’s great to be back. It is indeed an honour and privilege. The Youth Crew all arrived onboard in a timely manner and after some quick introductions the nine staff and twenty seven YC were soon underway heading for our overnight anchorage. There was a buzz of excitement onboard. In fairly short order we were soon at anchor and well fed before the first real challenge of the voyage was conducted; climbing the foremast! Normally in a crew we have one or two that struggle with their fear of heights but not this crew as all of them were up and over in good time. Iâ€™m not saying there wasnâ€™t fear but all put it behind them and climbed very safely. We finished up at about 2300 and Iâ€™m confident my new crew all went to sleep satisfied with their achievement.
At anchor Gladstone Harbour.Wind 120, 15 kts
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