Early this morning Red Watch weighed the anchor and got the ship underway. We departed Broken Bay whilst it was still dark and the rest of the crew slept. We wanted to make an early start so that we would not miss the watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony that evening.With a moderate southerly blowing we quickly set all fore and aft sail and made ground to the south east. After Morning Tea I gave a presentation on sail theory, which the Youth Crew soon had a grasp of thanks to some budding sailors in my audience. But as soon as they were engrossed in the finer aspects we were rudely interrupted by some crazy Hare Krishnas flinging rice and bad karma. They left and the lecture was continued. After lunch a set of Rotational Tacks was conducted in the mouth of Sydney Harbour, before proceeding alongside the Navy wharf at HMAS PENGUIN where we stayed for the night. Just as we arrived we witnessed the Olympic Torch being relayed across the Harbour followed by a fleet of spectator craft and again we met up with the Bark ENDEAVOUR and exchanged hellos.The Youth Crew went ashore to get a chocolate and cola ‘fix’ and played some sport at Balmoral Beach, before enjoying a great BBQ. Then we gathered in a hall on the Base to watch the Opening Ceremony on an enormous screen – it was just like being there, and we all agreed it was a fantastic Ceremony and we were all glad we couldwitness it.About midnight we returned onboard to have a well earned rest – it’s been a long day – and hence there isn’t a Youth Crew entry – sorry….. Speak TomorrowAndrew
Current situation at 1800: Alongside HMAS PENGUIN, Sydney Harbour, Overcast but fine, Temp 19 C.
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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