29 September 2023
Day 4 – Ahoy Coffs Harbour!
Ahoy there, sailors and the like! It is Day 4 here on the Young Endeavour, and we were welcomed into Coffs Harbour by a few pods of whales and a beautiful sunrise! With conditions being ideal, we took advantage and anchored to allow our exhausted Youthies to have a well-deserved rest before another busy day.
Once everyone was up and ready (with heavy persuasion for some!), we started our lovely day with Happy Hour! Getting our ship ‘shipshape’ makes this beautiful vessel reflect its beautiful crew.
After another round of Rope Races, the crew set out on a trip into the harbour, getting a nice walk and some photos on the hill of Muttonbird Island. They celebrated with ice cream and their first feel of sea legs coming along. Once we made it safely back down, we returned to the Young Endeavour for dinner.
The Staffies set up a little barbeque at midships, surrounded by calm waters and eager Youthies. With food prepped by our wonderful Chef Ash and cooked up by Watch Leader Shaun, nobody went hungry this evening. With plentiful meats and fruits, our day was wrapping up quite nicely!
But before our day could end and our Anchor Watches start, the Youthies had to complete their Three-Way Chat Challenge! Matching up one member of each watch group, they were challenged with gathering information about each new person and presenting that information after dinner. But there was a twist - they didn’t know whose information they would be presenting until they got up in front of their shipmates!
It’s important to remember that challenges come in all forms – whether that be climbing up the mast or speaking in front of all your peers. However, as everyone got up in front of the crowd, they excelled and showed true courage and care to their mates.
To wrap up this magnificent day, the Youthies go into Anchor Watches tonight. With shorter hours and smaller groups, it will be much tougher to get to sleep. But as long as the weather is nice to us, our strong Youthies will be able to make it through the night and hopefully to another beautiful day!
By Ace and Rachel