Captain's Log
Voyage 15/23
22 August 2023

Day 9 – Command Day Part 1

Ahoy there Shipmates,

As the sun rose and the lion king song played over the speaker we started our day at 6 to a walk around the deck. A continental breakfast was slammed in 20mins in order to swim before we took over the ship. After a quick brief with Tomo everyone was raring to jump in from the long awaited rope swing and bow sprit. A quick demo from Trev and Cylvie later and jumping was a go. Many unsuccessful flips, even though we were told not to attempt them if we hadn’t done them before, later and it was already time to get out and ready for the rest of the day.

After a quick wash everyone assembled for colours and morning brief at the bridge. To start off the brief we had a unexpected performance from Hutchy on the trumpet. Followed by a weather report from Sebs morning chat with mother nature, an educational story about the origins of 2-6-heave and an inspiring quote from the captain to give us some final leadership advice.

To kick start our 24 hours of command each elected person spent time with their opposite to get some last minute advice and tips. After this was completed handover took place. Captain Rory received a captains hat and spy glass as well as our list of tasks to complete over the time. While the leaders began to plan the route the other youthies got stuck in to some of the other tasks. The fist task completed was creating a hammock that could hold all 25 youthies off the ground. People followed their strengths so while some of us took to tying the ropes for the hammock others took the more creative path of creating a chalk mural on midship.

As we left anchorage the command day curse took affect as there was less than 5 knots of wind. While the rules of command day state we can only use sails an exception was made if we couldn’t travel more than 3 knots without them, so we slowly motored away from anchorage. Once we got moving it was finally time to set some sails and test out our new watch groups.

Our elected chefs, Bry, Sass and Cameron, cooked a Mexican themed dinner and apple pie for dessert, that disappeared very quickly.

After a slow and steady start to command day we are all settling in to our night watches and preparing to face the rest of the tasks set out for us tomorrow.

-Freya and Molly

Thanks so much for your efforts tonight Freya and Molly.

Until tomorrow night. Yours, aye

Captain Mike


23 29.8' South / 151 32.7' East


Weather: fine, Wind: Light & Variable, Temp: 18 deg. C, Sea: Nil from ESE, Swell: Nil