Day 10 – Command day (part 2) and the penultimate day
We began the second half of command day in an attempt to set as many sails as possible given the short window of wind we had for the opportunity. Through a solid effort of the youth crew we were able to fly all but the course (the lowest and largest square sail) before the wind direction required us to reduce sail again. We still enjoyed some solid sailing for the hours of the early morning before the wind failed us completely and we were regrettably forced to use the engines to make our final destination on time.
On the whole, command day was a huge success. We achieved all of our navigational and sailing goals, with the entire crew putting in a commendable effort to do so. We learnt a huge amount about ourselves, each other and our capability to achieve success in difficult circumstances. The self-confidence that grew in so many people was awesome to see. Ultimately it was an opportunity and experience that will stay with us forever and just as importantly, it was a lot of fun.
Command Day Captain Noah
Well, there you have it ladies and gents. A fantastic voyage, capped off by a very successful Command Day. We came alongside Port Adelaide at 1200 and conducted Command Day debrief, end of voyage debrief and stored ship for the next voyage, as the previous Youth Crew had done for us.
Our last night together consisted of pizzas, a voyage recap via photographic slide show and a couple of lovely poems, followed by spending some final, quality time on voyage with each other.
10 days ago, 24 youth crew from all over Australia, 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.
An amazing experience which started on day 1 and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival’s parade of sail, a visit to the pristine, Port Davey on the west coast of Tasmania and a lengthy crossing of the Southern Ocean to Kangaroo Island and the Gulf St Vincent. Some great sailing, gorgeous anchorages and spectacular parts of Australia were visited.
Tomorrow they will leave as different people, with new skills, improved persistence, resilience and adaptability, with a realisation that they can do difficult things. And of course, having made great new friends, some no doubt, will be friends for life.
It never gets old for us staff members, as we truly love our work.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+