21 March 2010
… and our first climb up the mast
Good evening again everyone,Some late mail to let you know everyone made it to the top of the foremast and importantly also made it back down on deck! Fortunately the rain spared us and the wind eased as the night went on. The mast climb is a very tough mental and physical challenge for most people so it was great that everyone got there. It has been a long day for us all and we have an early start tomorrow, so until then …Dave Jordan (Yak)Voyage Captain
42Â° 54' South / 147Â° 21' East
Much improved with no rain and the temperature stabilised at about 12 degrees. Wind remains from the south west at about 10 knots. Currently anchored in Sandy Bay right near the Wrest Point Casino - no roulette tonight though!
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Day 8 – Last night onboard
Ahoy there dear readers. I'll just leave this here... The time has come; mother-nature got her paint pallet out tonight and gave us a stunning send off as tears were shed over final goodbyes. The youthies have been dancing through the night, shouting chants up to the night sky and reminiscing on our favourite memories. Although there have been too many core memories to count, we’ve compiled a short list of our favourite moments. Jess- The dolphins racing us through the waves and Haydo’s legendary dinners. Liam- Meeting everyone and learning new skills and the bonding experiences. Joe- Everyone accepting me for who I am. Holly- This trip as a whole has been the best thing I’ve ever done in my entire life, but the best part was climbing the mast to see the sunrise. Zoe- Climbing the mast with Hannah when the swell was big and seeing all the dolphins. Ben- Rocking out with the crew on watches and in-between Clara- Getting to know everyone, because they’re all so amazing and the sunrise climbs were so cool. Sarah- Pushing myself to limits I didn’t think I could, like climbing the mast or the giant rope swing. Madi – Hallway parties during happy hour and doing the rope swing with good people. Miki – Meeting these incredible people who will forever hold a special place in my heart. They have shaped me into a better person. The love for them has no bounds. April – Making new friends and all growing together as well as becoming so close to then end with the sickest deck party! Ava – Meeting amazing people, getting to know each other and becoming close. Also the most awesome deck party EVER!!!! Will – Doing a flip off the rope swing, climbing to the top of the mast, and meeting all these amazing people. Hannah – Watching people from all different places get along so well and band together in all the challenges. Seeing the dolphin’s race against the bow from the mast was pretty cool too. Hugo – Meeting all these amazing people and climbing the mast with Tayah and Sumo at sunrise while being followed by dolphins. Riley – Having the best party with my mates and being chucked up on from above when climbing down from the foremast. Justin – Watching the sea of stars on the open ocean with my crewmates on the midnight watch. Chloe – spending time with all of the amazing people I have grown to know and love on board. Wassa - It has been so amazing to see everyone get involved in trying all activities and supporting those to push themselves out of their comfort zones to expand their horizons of what they are capable of. I sit here now, wondering how to express my upmost gratitude for the people dancing outside into words. In just over a week we have formed life-long connections. Thanks to the team building exercises, the exhausting missions and the incredible Young Endeavour team working endlessly to guarantee the fun and learning never stops, we will sleep well tonight (after a long night of partying). On behalf of V06/23, thank you Youth Endeavour Youth Scheme for the most incredible voyage of a lifetime. Youth Crew of V06/23+
20 March 2023
Day 7 – Safely alongside Portland
Ahoy dear readers, regrettably we have made the difficult decision to terminate V06/23 earlier than scheduled, following positive rapid antigen testing for COVID-19. All Youth Crew have tested negative and the ship is now safely alongside Portland Harbour, Victoria. The COVID positive Staff Crew members are now in isolation ashore and we wish them a speedy recovery. Having said that, all was not lost as we did manage to go for one last sail today, into the mighty Southern Ocean once again, and Youth Crew will remain onboard until Wed forenoon, so they will have another day of fun adventures tomorrow. Until tomorrow night, be safe. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+
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Day 6 – Ashore to explore
Ahoy there shipmates and land dwellers! It’s Hugo and Sarah here. We had another great day aboard the Young Endeavour. We started the day with another early morning after a long night of anchor watches. We woke up at 6:30 with the song of the day “Here Comes the Sun”, played some games (card bingo) and for some a cloudy sunrise climb up the foremast. After an amazing breakfast from lovely Haydo and our morning brief we began the happiest hour of the day – cleanos / happy hour. Once the ship was clean, we were told over the speaker that the pool was open! We all grabbed our swimmers and got a safety brief and a demo of the giant rope swing from Seb. We entered the water around the boat, by jumping right in! We then spent the morning doing the swing, swimming in the ocean, jumping off the bow and chilling on the lily pad. And we finished off the swim with the epic conclusion of our Captain performing a back flip from the rope swing with his red crocks and socks! Then after the fun was had, and after everyone got cold, we all warmed up and got greeted by a lovely lunch of cooked steaks, pork cutlets, pig in blankets and roast veggies. After everyone was well fed, we got another safety brief about going to shore – to Portland – and entering and exiting the boat. We then packed the dry bags and headed to shore, in small batches of six. We then spent the afternoon on the beach of Portland, playing a variety of ballgames and soaking in the sun. Next we split up into our watches and discussed the progression of out voyage thus far and our goals that we set earlier in the voyage. With time to kill we explored the town of Portland and had time to go shopping at Woollies! Getting snacks and treats to take back to the ship. Upon our return to the ship, we were greeted with the sight of Haydo and the Captain on the deck, with the barbeque. After a little time to ourselves, we reconvened to share a dinner of a sausage sizzle, good company and a sunset. When we finished dinner, we then again split up into our watches to discuss and write our own personal Start, Stop and Continues. This activity explored habits and goals we want to develop throughout the voyage and in regular life, once we return. These will be included in our letters to ourselves, which will be sent to us six months after the conclusion of the voyage. Goodnight from Sarah and Hugo!! Shoutout to the Reid/Buckstars, Koala Lou I do love you! And shoutout to Dyer family we love you!! See you when we get back!