Ahoy Shipmates, Throughout last night and the early hours of this morning the conditions were light and variable and YOUNG ENDEAVOUR made relatively slow progress to the south. Following morning brief I conducted Captains setting and furling drills and once this activity was completed we commenced our pilotage into our planned anchorage at the northern point of Merimbula Bay. Once at anchor both boats were launched and a ferry service commenced to land all of the Youth Crew ashore at the picturesque beachside township of Merimbula. Given that this was the first anchorage of the voyage were the YC had access to civilization and in particular ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½fast foodï¿½ï¿½ they took full advantage of the opportunity to re-equate their taste buds with everything that isn’t good for them, including the local McDonalds which reported a roaring trade. At 1600 all of the YC were back onboard and given the forecast of a late afternoon southerly change I decided that we would weigh anchor and proceed to the southern end of Merimbula Bay were we would have a less exposed anchorage for the night. Once safely at anchor the Sailmaster conducted a communications exercise which was followed by another memorable ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½teak deck BBQï¿½ï¿½. This evening the YC were briefed on the purpose and aims of Command Day and held elections to determine which of them would serve in leadership positions. Being at anchor has provided the YC with the opportunity to develop plans on how they hope to achieve their mission as well as the chance to catch up on some much needed rest prior to what will prove to be a very demanding and tiring 24 hours.Until tomorrow, take careYours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently at anchor at Pambula Beach (southern end of Merimbula Bay) and experiencing moderate 10-15kt SW winds.
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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike