Voyage 04/05 started at 1600 when, with a full complement of YouthCrew YOUNG ENDEAVOUR sailed from Portland harbour.It was a shorttransit to the anchorage position where we will remain until tomorrowmorning, briefing the Youth Crew on the various elements of safetythey need to be aware of.Once at anchor, the Youth Crew, by now divided into three watches,were given a detailed tour of the ship prior to being introduced toChef Speedy and the masterpieces he produces in the galley. Aftersupper Captain John and XO Dion formally welcomed the Youth Crewonboard and briefed them on what to expect over the next tendays. Before long all hands were aloft climbing up and over the lowertop. Back on deck Chef Speedy served up a mug of Kye (hot chocalate)and there were smiles all around.Overnight the watches will each take it in their turn to headaloft again, this time to the T’Gallant yardarm. They will alsopractise several of the knots, bends and hitches they will berequired to utilise onboard. All hands will rug up to make theirclimb as comfortable as possible.The Staff Crew for the voyage consists of: Captain John, ExecutiveOfficer Dion, Navigator Ian (Hibbo), Watch Officer Phil (Spanky),White Watch Leader/Boatswain Rachel, Red Watch Leader Georgie, BlueWatch Leader Shayne, Engineer Mark (Horto) and Chef Shane (Speedy).YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Staff Crew consists of sailors andofficers of the Royal Australian Navy. They are specially chosen toserve in YOUNG ENDEAVOUR based upon their professional competence andtheir ability to work with and relate to young Australians. They areposted to YOUNG ENDEAVOUR as part of their normal career progression.The Youth Crew consists of young Australians from NT, ACT, Victoriaand SA aged 16-23. There are 12 females and 12 males who willparticipate in the ten-day voyage program.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Watches- The division of the 24-hour dayat sea into periods of duty of 4 hours. The period between 1600- 1800is further divided into 2 2-hour watches thereby making a total ofseven watches in every 24-hour day.Sheets- A purchase or single line used for trimming a sailto the wind. A square sail set on a yard has two sheets, one bent onto each clew, while a fore-and-aft sail has two sheets bent on to itssingle clew.Thought of the Day: To venture causes anxiety, but not to ventureis to lose one’s self. And to venture in the highest sense isprecisely to become conscious of one’s self. Soren Kierkegaard.Yours, AyeJohn CowanCMDR, RAN
Wind: North at 15 Kts, Temp:23c, Cloud:2/8.
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