25 January 2023
Day 10 – The penultimatum
Ahoy there dear readers, this penultimate day of the voyage began in Carnarvon Bay, Port Arthur, in a snug anchorage in the lee of the ISLE OF THE DEAD-ed-ed-ed-ed (wow spooky echo!).
Staff crew mustered and swung into action at 0515 (whilst youth crew slept soundly), weighing anchor and departing the bay accompanied by numerous Delphinus delphis... Short-beaked Common dolphin. At the same time the sun reared it's lovely head over the horizon, creating a spectacular sunrise over the southern Tasman Peninsula and Tasman Island, then drenching Cape Raoul with all it's glory. It was such a majestic morning all the staffies were tripping over each other to get the best shot. Luckily your humble narrator was maintaining a professional and composed, weather-eye out front ;)
We continued on across Storm Bay then ducked into the D'Entrecasteaux Channel for a wee look, all the while youth crew conducted happy hour, rope races and end of voyage debriefs with their Watch Leaders. It was shortly after lunch that we made a bee-line for Hobart town and then did berth alongside Princes Wharf at Salamanca for a couple of hours. During this time we took on fuel and victuals for the next voyage (as the youth crew before them had done for us #payitforward) and youthies had a leg stretch ashore.
At 1600 we cast off lines and proceeded to anchor in Sandy Bay for our final night. Pizzas were great and so was the company. Then it was time for end of voyage admin, staff crew safety meeting, voyage debrief, youth crew critiques, etc. Next minute the sun had set and we flashed up the projector for a final night slideshow to recap and reflect on the amazing adventure we had just about completed.
Then there was cake to celebrate the ships 35th year in service to the youth of Australia. On this day (January 25th) back in 1988 the delivery crew hauled down the British Red Ensign and Union flag, and then hoisted the Australian National Flag and the Royal Australian Navy's Australian White Ensign, in the presence of the then Prince of Wales, now King Charles III and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. It truly was and still is, an amazing gift that keeps on giving. And so it has been a very special day indeed...
10 Days ago 22 youth crew from places various, came together to sail this vessel, have fun and challenge themselves. They have not only done that, but have faced and overcome fears and learnt a lot about themselves and each other along the way. Tomorrow they will leave with new skills, improved persistence, resilience and adaptability, as well as generally knowing they are more capable than what they previously thought. And of course, having made great new friends - most probably, friends for life. It never gets old for us staff members, as we truly love our work.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+