Please find the second entry of the Youth Crews Command Day Captains Log, I am sure that you will enjoy it
COMMAND DAY - JOURNAL 2
What a night we had at sea!
When we uploaded our first youth crew journal entry last night, we had little idea what the night still held for us. As we sailed on into the darkness, the winds picked up and challenged us to work harder and smarter in order to reach our targeted waypoints. Our two nominated navigators and our captain worked tirelessly throughout the night to ensure that our course was accurately plotted, and appropriately re-adjusted, using a combination of GPS, radar and paper charts.
It was also a tiresome night for the youth crew as a whole. As we have done every night, we shared the rotating watch roster throughout the wee hours of the morning, with each 'watch' taking responsibility for steering the ship, fixing our location on the map and changing the sails as needed.
However, the most challenging moments of the night were those three times when we needed to 'tack ship' to dramatically change the ship's direction relative to the wind. I want you to picture yourself aboard the rocking wooden deck of the Young Endeavour at 2:30am. The ship is tilted sharply to the starboard side as the 20 knot winds press hard against the sails, whilst the white peaks of the waves spray across sides of the boat. In the limited light you can see the deck is covered with unfurled ropes and all twenty-two members of the youth crew.
They have all been roused suddenly from slumber by the cry of 'hands to tacking stations' and there they stand in their pink pyjamas and cotton bedshirts as they are battered by the wet and the cold. Above the howl of the strong wind you hear the cries of the captain, the sailmaster and the crew on the ropes as they turn the ship across the path of the wind. The mast creaks, the sails flap wildly and the tension is high - but then the 'tack' is completed and the sleepy faces of the youth crew fill with pride and accomplishment at what they have achieved. They pat each other on the back and high-five their mates in pyjamas before collapsing back into bed whilst the ship hurtles along its new course back to shore, delivering its youth crew safely into the harbour of Morton Bay at around 6:00am.
It was a bleary-eyed but deeply proud youth crew that wearily handed back the command of the ship this morning. It was amazing to sail our own routes and unfurl our own plans for the ship! The patience, teamwork and support everyone had shown through the experience was a testament to the training we had received and the calibre of the youth crew on board. However, it had also been an exhausting 24 hours and - although we look forward to sharing our stories with you all when we return home - tonight we are all collapsing into bed exhausted but satisfied.
Personal messages from the Youth Crew
To everyone back home in Canberra, missing you all stacks but have been so busy having an awesome time. Love always - Jess
Having an absolute ball, just wishing I had brought my deck chair - Dean
Hey Bro, Mum and Dad if you're back. Having a ball here, see you soon - Mitch
Hi Steph, look forward to seeing you when I get home. I've been having a ball! Love Ray
Hey Sam, Mum and Dad. Having a great time out here. See you on Monday! Love Karl
Hey anyone who's following my adventure. Thanks, it's been a great experience - Hart
Hi Mum and Dad and the rest, I'm still alive and loving the trip, see you soon. From Jack
Hey all, see you all soon, having a great time! I'm sure you will be hearing all about it when I come home - Bec
Hey everyone. Loving the experience, see you all soon. Love Jane
Hi ACG. Thanks for giving me the chance to have the best time of my life. See you back at work! From Emma-Lee
Hello MDS&O! Having a great time, can't wait to see you all. Love Chloe
A big shout out to all that are following. Miss you all but I have had a blast. It's sad to see this end. See you in a few days - Calvin