With the wind still blowing strong all morning, we gave the ship a good clean and then had ‘End of Voyage Talks’. After lunch the wind moderated a little and we weighed anchor for a short river cruise up the lower reaches of the picturesque Yarra River. We returned to our bumpy anchorage 90 mins later. The wind was still blowing at over 20 kts and this made the harbour furling difficult. The pitching of the ship in the 1-2m waves didn’t help matters either. A ships concert was held on the upper deck and was of a particularly high standard. Everybody had a good laugh. This morning we weighed anchor at 0930 and proceeded alongside Station Pier arriving at 0950. In Young Endeavour fashion the yards were manned by the youth crew who bellowed out with joyful strains, the national anthem. Good stuff. I awarded voyage certificates to the youth crew, who had done very well, in what was quite a tough voyage. Jordan Dinning was awarded the Order of Australia Emblem, who despite being quite seasick at times, never gave up and epitomised the Young Endeavour motto ‘carpe diem’ – seize the day.This Saturday evening at 1800 we will be holding a reception onboard for returnees which should be a good night. It is always good to catch up with old shipmates. We get the next mob of youth crew on Monday for the voyage to Sydney. I will be handing over command to LCDR Bob Williams for this voyage who has left his own yacht in Coffs Harbour to stand in for me. Bob recently did the voyage from Sydney to Melbourne, so he should be able to find his way back alright. Thanks for your help Bob.Have a great weekend readers and to Youth Crew 07/00, who are now racing home to see what I wrote about them in the last ten days, thanks for a great voyage. It has been my pleasure sailing with you.Captain Andrew
Alongside Station Pier, Melbourne, Wind 140/12kts, Clear skies, Temp 21 - great day.