Ahoy ShipmatesMorning brief this morning found us just 14nm from our anchorage position in Guichen Bay near the township of Robe in South Australia. So it was a short morning brief and a quick set of cleaning stations (happy hour) followed by some informative instruction on maritime Rules of the Road (no road rage allowed) from Trish. Shortly after, everyone was required on deck to hand in all sail prior to coming to anchor at 1115. First up this afternoon I had the pleasure of imparting some theoretical knowledge on the art of sailing a tall ship to the youth crew. This was followed by a boat trip ashore were we all enjoyed the opportunity to stretch our legs and explore the small picturesque town of Robe. This evening we enjoyed one of Sumo and Jarrod’s famous YE deck barbecue’s, which was then followed by a very entertaining session of three way talks. As this is our first night at anchor since departing Port Lincoln we have now reduced to anchor watches for tonight allowing staff and youth crew some extra sleep, ensuring we are well refreshed to continue with more adventure over the next several days.Yours AyeCaptain Gav Captains Log update at 2000hrs by S/C Paul Lees (Victoria Police R2 MLU) aboard the Young Endeavour, currently anchored at Robe S.A on day 4 of 11day Voyage: Port Lincoln ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Geelong. Day 1: Saturday Dec 1st, Arrived at Port Lincoln, Harbour with six young males from Yes2 Program in Geelong along with 21 other young people from across Australia, including Roy from Darwin, Kate from Canberra, Anita from Moss Vale and Alice from Hobart. All anticipated much excitement but were also unsure of what lay ahead. 12 males sleeping six to a room, in small bunks with not much more headroom than a coffin. 15 females all bunked in together at the bow of the tall ship. Ninety second showers, staggered meal times, and watches on the ship four hours long in three rotating teams of nine. Everyone does fatigues contributing to the cleanliness of the ship. Any items of clothing not put away in lockers are gathered by the ships ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Nana Sumoï¿½ï¿½ in full mock costume and paraded before all until the offending owner steps forward.Highlight: The welcome and high morale set by Lieutenant Commander ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Captainï¿½ï¿½ Gavin Dawe who was the Bosun onboard the Young Endeavour for the World Voyage in 1992, returning as ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Captainï¿½ï¿½ for Voyage 20/2007 and Chief Petty Officer John ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Hectorï¿½ï¿½ Crawford (a veteran of 10 Sydney to Hobart races) and the remaining crew of 6 male and 2 female naval crew. Night mast climb by all youth crew under still, warm conditions at anchor was sensational. All mobile phones and wallets handed in to Young Endeavour staff.Day 2: Sunday Dec 2nd, under sail. Three teams of nine (Red, White and Blue) were instructed in sailing and navigational skills and commenced 24hour watches. It was much more difficult to manoeuvre one’s self around the ship whilst under sail. It is also more difficult to sleep, not only due to the constant movement of the ship but also due to the constant shift changes. The Youth crew are getting along well as they mingle and get to know each others backgrounds, experiences and goals. It is good to watch their interaction during drills and in their own time.Highlight: Youth crew furling and setting sails and climbing aloft but this time under more adverse weather conditions, wearing wet weather gear and harnesses. Changing the ships direction by tacking in the middle of the night (one at midnight and one at 4am) was challenging but completed without complaint.Day 3 Monday Dec 3rd, Stronger winds and rougher seas as we neared Kangaroo Island. Not what I would call a highlight, but certainly memorable was a 4am climb aloft to the topsail yard. Eight members of my ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Blue watchï¿½ï¿½ team were all sick today, including myself and our crew leader. Watch leader Able Seaman Jessica Barr, Maggie, Gambella and I were all sick at height whilst trying to sea furl the topsail in strong winds and shifting seas. We all felt great when we were on deck once again. All except Gambella, who was in the wrong spot at the wrong time and copped most of our sickness. The other two youth crew watches are also experiencing sickness and fatigue.Other highlights were watching Mat and Shimilla conquer their fear of heights and watching Longdy and Kate steer the Young Endeavour, sometimes at the speed of 10 knots.Day 4: Tuesday Dec 4th, All teams worked together to clean the ship and put the sails away for anchoring at Robe S.A. Everyone excited at the prospect of walking on land.Highlights: On land at Robe, unstable at first but great to walk around without everything moving under or around you. The trip to shore by naval dingy, pick up and return to ship for an awaiting BBQ aboard. The food aboard has been fantastic, but over half the youth crew have had trouble keeping it down. After the BBQ, the youth crew performed an entertaining ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½partner introï¿½ï¿½ exercise and as all youth crew have only a one hour watch tonight each, morale is very high at present, awaiting the challenges of the remaining 7 days, commencing tomorrow with a refreshing swim at 0630hours.The total distance travelled from Port Lincoln to Robe is 305nmWill update further as time allows.
Comfortably at anchor with light SW winds
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