Currently we are at anchor in Nara Inlet and experiencing very pleasant light SE winds with nil swell.
It’s Captain Gav making another short return to the ship for Voyage 08/12 so that Captain Damien can take a well deserved rest. This voyage will see us spend the next 11 days sailing from Airlie Beach to Townsville and along the way experiencing the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and the spectacular QLD coast line.
The YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Staff Crew for this voyage are as follows:
Captain – Gav
Sail Master – Carly
Navigator – Rick
BOATSO – Mike
Watch Officer- Kristy
Red Watch Leader – Adam
White Watch Leader – Matt
Blue Watch Leader – Shayne
Chef – Simon
Engineer - Leon
The voyage commenced at 1500 today when the new Youth Crew joined Young Endeavour at the Able Point Marina at Airlie Beach. Once all gear had been stowed, everyone mustered on deck for my welcome address and Staff Crew introductions. On completion of this address we farewelled loved ones, family and friends and then made preparations to set sail. At 1600 lines were cast-off and we departed our marina berth. Once clear of the marina breakwater we altered course to the north east then transited 15nm across to the spectacular Nara Inlet coming safely to anchor just on sunset. During this transit the Watch Leaders conducted a number of ‘ice breaker activities’ which was followed by ships tours. Dinner followed, with ‘Master Chef’ Simon amazing us with his excellent culinary skills. Once we had cleaned up from dinner, I had a bit of chat to the Youth Crew about what their voyage would entail during the next eleven days. On completion, Carly, as Sail Master, gave her talk about some of the rules, regulations and safety aspects of Young Endeavour before giving a safety aloft brief and a demonstration on how to climb the foremast. Once she had finished this demonstration I inverted all of the Youth Crew in their harnesses, which is our final safety check prior to commencing our first climbs.
This evening, with some nerves and a great deal of courage and determination every member of the Youth Crew undertook their first climb to the topgallant yard (highest yard), which is located on top of the foremast and is approximately 33m above the water. This climb will complete today’s activities and once the last member of the crew is safely back on deck everyone will turn in for their first nights sleep onboard Young Endeavour.
Tomorrow we will depart our anchorage and head out to the outer reef,
Until tomorrow, take care.