Currently we are anchored at Portarlington and experiencing moderate 10-15kt SE winds with nil swell and the temperature is a pleasant 20 degrees.
Welcome to Young Endeavours seventh voyage for 2018. This voyage will see us sail from Melbourne to Eden which is approximately 360nm but I am sure that we will sail a lot more miles than that. Along the way we will get to experience the infamous Bass Strait and explore some of the spectacular Victorian and NSW coastline. We have put together another great Staff Crew for this voyage who I know will take great care of our new Youth Crew ensuring that they all have an amazing experience.
The Young Endeavour Staff Crew for this voyage are as follows:
Captain – Gav
Sail Master – Adam
Navigator – Harry
BOATSO – Guv
Red Watch Leader – Brendon
White Watch Leader – Megan
Blue Watch Leader – Horto
Chef – Zac
Engineer - Sumo
The voyage commenced at 1500 today when in warm conditions the new Youth Crew joined Young Endeavour berthed at Williamstown’s Workshop Pier. Once gear had been stowed and family and guests had been given a quick tour of the ship I gave my welcome address then farewelled our guests. Brendon’s safety brief followed then at 1550 lines were cast off and we safely departed our berth and commenced the 18nm passage to the south of Port Phillip Bay where we anchored at Portarlington at 1845 this evening. During this passage we completed some ‘ice breaker’ activities and ships tours then enjoyed a wonderful dinner cooked by Chef Zac.
Once safely at anchor we conducted Captain and Sail Master chats. During these chats we discuss our expectations and give the Youth Crew a rundown of what they can expect during the next eleven days of the voyage.
The time is now 2030 and all of the Youth Crew are either doing deck safety or completing Full Value Contracts with their respective Watch Leaders. This should continue until 2200 when we should have completed all of our first day activities. It has been a very good start to the voyage and I am pleased how well the Youth Crew have already settled into their new environment.
Tomorrow morning we will undertake first climbs of the foremast then after lunch will weigh anchor, complete some sail setting/furling drills and our first tacks as a crew. Once finished we will conduct our pilotage out of Port Phillip Bay passing through the infamous ‘Rip’ at slack water and should enter Bass Strait between 1700-1800.
Until tomorrow, take care.