Ahoy there everyone,
A well deserved nights rest at anchor was had by all. I guarantee everyone onboard slept very soundly and for good reason, most were exhausted from Command Day. After wakey wakey at 0630, the ship immediately weighed anchor and departed Horshoe Bay for the Port of Townsville.
The ship berthed at 0900 then embarked two special needs groups for a hosted three hour sail in Cleveland Bay. The ship then returned alongside Townsville where our guests were farewelled. The ship bunkered before departing the wharf and heading back to Cleveland Bay for an overnight anchorage in Rocky Bay, Magnetic Island.
The final round of ‘rope races’ was conducted before the Youth Crew climbed aloft and placed neat harbour furls in all three square sails. After a fantastic pizza dinner the evening culminated with the Youth Crew presenting a slide show and poem, capturing various memorable moments and experiences during the voyage. This gave everyone the opportunity to reflect on the past 10 days and their amazing once in a life time journey along the Inner Great Barrier Reef.
The remainder of the evening was spent completing end of voyage questionnaires and letters to themselves, which are returned to each Youth Crew member six months after voyage completion.
The ship will depart Magnetic Island early tomorrow morning for a final passage to the Port of Townsville berthing at 1000 with the Youth Crew manning the yards, for a final farewell to our young adventurers.
Until then it has been an honour and privilege to sail with the Youth and Staff Crew of Voyage 11/12 for my final voyage as the Captain of Young Endeavour. I wish them all the best for their future endeavours.
For the very last time.