Ahoy there landlubbers, armchair sailors, and of course, our new ship mates! Welcome to the Captain’s Log for Voyage 14/23!
The Youth Crew of Voyage 14/23 joined us alongside Trinity Wharf in Cairns in the beautiful afternoon sunshine. We have a special voyage this time, welcoming new friends from the Navy Indigenous Development Program and Australian Navy Cadets from Regional Northern Australia!
I welcomed everyone on board and introduce my talented staff crew for this voyage. For this special voyage I’m joined by: Sail Master – Chucky, Navigator – Trev, Watch Officer – Charlotte, Red Watch Leader – Christine, White Watch Leader – Theresa, Blue Watch Leader – Hutchy, Engineers – Shaun and Nobby, and the most important person on board…. Chef – Ash! We’ve also been very lucky to be joined by three Assistant Watch Leaders this voyage, so we made sure Jorde, Jojo and Chloe we’re welcomed on board as well!
All our new friends were itching to get off the wharf and get to see so we cast off the bow lines, sailed away from safe harbour in search of some trade winds to catch in our sails.
It was a beautiful afternoon to be sailing out of Cairns, so we took the opportunity to do some Ice Breakers out on the deck before exploring our new home with some ship’s tours. Navigator Trev had his eyes set on Fitzroy Island so while we made the short transit across, we settled into our bunks and got ready for our first delicious dinner from Chef Ash.
Once safely at anchor at Fitzroy Island we made the most of the lovely cool breeze and settled in on the upper decks to hear from our Staffies. We were briefed about Engineering with Shaun and, staying healthy on board with Ash, our Medical Care Provider and some rules for living harmoniously with Chucky. Of course, it wouldn’t be a brief without hearing some tips for making the most of the voyage with yours truly (Captain Libby!).
To round out the evening we broke into our Watches again to work out our goals for the voyage for ourselves and our watch.
Finally, it was time to shower and head to bed. With the Staffies kindly keeping watches overnight so we can get a good night’s sleep.
Good night and stay safe new friends! Captain Libby+
Sunny, Wind S-SE 5-15Kts, Swell S 0.5m