Wind: 170/3. Swell: Nil. Temp: 15. Sea state: 0
Welcome to Young Endeavour’s second Voyage for 2014. Our journey starts in the City of Devonport, Tasmania and will conclude in Sydney in eleven days. It will take us across the infamous Bass Strait then north, along the spectacular NSW coastline, stopping off at one or two anchorages along the way.
Staff crew for this voyage are:
Captain – Adam
Sail Master – Paul
Navigator – Miquela
Watch Officer – Jarrod
Red Watch Leader – Hayden
White Watch Leader – Dave
Blue Watch Leader – Jen
Chef – Aaron
Engineer - Sumo
and not forgetting my Sea Daddy/Mentor (read: cabin boy), Gav.
The Voyage commenced at 1500 today when the Youth Crew and their families and friends were welcomed onboard to have a look around the Ship and meet the Staff Crew. Family and friends then departed and the Youth Crew divided into their watches (Red, White and Blue) and undertook a few ‘ice-breaker’ activities to get to know one another. That was followed by a tour of the Ship and then dinner.
Once we had cleaned up from Chef Aaron’s lovely dinner, I had a chat to the Youth Crew about what their voyage would entail. On completion, Paul, as Sail Master, gave his talk about some of the rules and safety aspects of Young Endeavour before giving a safety aloft brief and a demonstration on how to climb the foremast. On completion I undertook a harness confidence check for all members of Youth Crew. This involved inverting each one in their harness to prove they would not fall out. This is our final safety check prior to commencing our first climbs.
This evening, with some nerves and a great deal of courage and determination every member of the Youth Crew made their first climb to the Topgallant yard. A very impressive effort as we do not always get a 100% success rate. Then after a hot cup of cocoa the crew turned in for their first nights sleep onboard Young Endeavour.
In the morning we plan to get underway and shape a course across the Bass Strait to Deal Island, where we intend anchoring Friday morning.
Excitement and enthusiasm levels are high and I have a very good feeling about this voyage.
Until tomorrow, take care.