Ahoy there Shipmates,
A well deserved nightâ€™s rest at anchor in Hunters Bay was had by all. I think everyone onboard slept very soundly and for good reason, most were exhausted from Command Day, but that didnâ€™t stop us from conducting our usual Early Morning Activity on the upper decks to the beat of Sail Master Mattâ€™s energetic tunes.
After breakfast, we departed the anchorage and proceeded to Fleet Base East (FBE), conducting Morning Brief and Happy Hour berth on the way. After a short-notice change of our allocated berth we secured alongside the Fleet Landing where we embarked 26 half day sailors from the GRC Oatley Special Needs School, along with some Defence guests and friends of the Staff crew. We departed the wharf at 1000 and spent 3 hours sailing around the harbour. The Youth Crew hosted the visitors, conducting tours of the Ship, involving them in setting and furling sails and generally spending time with them while they were onboard. We dropped our visitors back at the Fleet Base at 1300 and remained there until 1530 in order for the watches to be able to conduct their end of voyage chats and conduct the last round of â€˜Ropiesâ€™.
After we anchored in Rushcutters Bay we conducted the harbour-furl of the square sails. To achieve this all of the Youth Crew proceeded aloft on the yards to fold-up the sails and then stow them inside their UV covers.
Jenko treated us to a pizza night for dinner. We then had the reading of two poems about the voyage, one composed by Mary Sparkes and the other was a collaborative effort from Clancy Simpson and Estelle Marghetts. This was followed by the viewing of a slide show depicting the voyage, composed by Charlotte Morrison.
The last thing on the agenda for the day was the post-voyage administration. The youthies completed a feedback questionnaire on the voyage and wrote a letter to themselves about their experiences onboard, which will be posted to them in 6 months. We then encouraged everyone to â€˜hit the sackâ€™ after another long exhausting day!
Wind: 10 kn from the SW; Weather: occasional showers; Temp: 18 deg. C
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