Day 10 – The Sydney penultimatum
Ahoy there dear readers, the penultimate day of V08/23 commenced at anchor in Watsons Bay, Sydney, amid increased winds and a little drizzle.
Colours ceremony took place at 0800, followed by morning brief. Happy hour was next then, ashore to explore… Youth Crew were ferried to Watsons Bay wharf where they went for a stroll around the area including up to the cliffs of ‘The Gap’ and it’s surrounds. Of course they found a coffee shop and stocked up with assorted beverages for their return trip.
Ash had lunch ready on their return, after which a wee siesta was necessary. We then weighed anchor and proceeded for a harbour cruise, as youthies climbed the masts and set a couple of sails, then under the bridge we went. We hooked a u-turn and passed under the coat hanger once more, then past the nuns in a scrum… deja vu much?
Anyway, Rose Bay was our destination and so we made a bee line and came to anchor to the east of Shark Island, with the most spectacular Sydney view to the west. Passing showers continued during the late afternoon and into the evening but that didn’t dampen the crust on Ash’s pizzas… no-no-no. They were crispy and saucy and tasty – bellisimo shipmates.
Then a final recapping of the voyage in the form of a photographic slide show, and in song as Youthies Alice and Hamish played guitar and sang an original piece, inspired by the voyage. It was gorgeous, melodic and very memorable, dear readers, and don’t be surprised if you see those names in lights very soon!
Well, that’s that. This is the final night onboard YE for V08/23. 10 Days ago 24 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 probably 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.
Yours Aye, Captain Adam Charlie Farley+