Latitude; 23°50.4 S
Longitude; 151°34.7 E
Distance run in the last 5hrs; 26NM
After lunch is time for the crew to have a practice at bracing the yards and for their first initial climb. All seems to go really well and everybody is coming to grips with what each command means. There is a lot of terminology to learn onboard, and the meaning is not always obvious, for example “come up” – A call made by a person about to secure a line requesting that everyone holding the line immediately and completely let go of it.
The chefs Jeremy and Eddie cook up a storm for dinner of roast pork chops and vegetables, under the envious eye of our newly vegetarian captain. The day before the new crew join it is always a very busy day for all the professional crew, but the chefs have it even harder. They are required to take on supplies that have to last 12 days for 46 people, as well as provide an
afternoon tea & cakes for 35 volunteer guides, 16 professional crew and also cook all the crew meals throughout the day.
The first night of a voyage is always interesting as you establish who the snorers are and where they are located, this crew seem very quiet, a little too quiet. As we are alongside we are just maintaining a minimal watch to do basic checks throughout the night. We get the call in the morning for all hands at 0600, to clear away the gang plank and prepare to slip the mooring lines. We have a surprisingly large crowd to see us off at 0700 on a Sunday morning, including one man who had been down at the ship since midnight. The support and farewell is greatly appreciated from Gladstone as wehave had a fantastic time here and been made to feel very welcome. This is something that the regional ports always do exceptionally well.
Getting away from the wharf was very tight, we had a boat assist us on our starboard side to help manoeuvre us back off from the wharf and then we went hard to port and slipped the bow in front and around the wharf. It looks very tight and close but all is under control. We motor out through the channel and send the new crew up to lose the sails in preparation
to set them once we are clear.