We started this morning at 0600 with a brilliant sunrise climb followed by another one of Chef Chad’s hearty breakfasts. At 0730 the anchor was weighed and we transited the short distance to Mackay Marine were we berthed starboard side to the Mega Yacht Berth No 5 at 0830. After sullage (garbage) was landed and stores embarked, 24 guests from Lifestyle Choices Services and a number of other guests were welcomed onboard.
At 1000 with all guests onboard I gave my welcome address which was followed by Guv the Bosons a safety brief. At 1005 the lines were cast off and we departed the marina and headed out into open water were the engines were shut down and the ship brought under sail. In near perfect conditions our guests enjoyed a most memorable 3 hour sail with the Youth Crew acting as the perfect hosts and also demonstrating the sailing skills that they have learnt over the past 10 days
At 1300 we returned to our berth at the Mackay Marina were we farewelled our guests. This afternoon whilst still alongside the Youth Crew proceeded ashore with their respective Watch Leaders for end of voyage talks then on their return participated in their final round of rope races prior to proceeding aloft to complete harbour furls (very neat furls).
This evening we enjoyed a fantastic ‘teak deck’ BBQ cooked by the Youth Crew then departed our berth and proceeded back out to anchor at Flat Top Island were we screened a photo slide show up on deck capturing various moments and experiences during the voyage. This slide show has become a popular part of the Young Endeavour Program and gives the Youth Crew an opportunity to reflect on the past 10 days and their amazing experiences throughout the voyage.
The rest of this evening has been spent with the Youth Crew completing end of voyage questionnaires and “letters to themselves”, which are returned to each Youth Crew member six months after voyage completion. Whilst the Youth Crew were completing these final administration tasks the Staff Crew took the opportunity to conduct our normal end of voyage debrief.
Tomorrow morning following breakfast and morning brief the anchor will be weighed and once the Youth Crew have manned the yards we will proceed alongside berthing for the final time for this voyage at Mackay Marina Berth No 5 at 1000.
Once alongside family and friends will be invited onboard for a tour of the ship and to witness my final address and the presentation of Certificates of Achievement to all of the Youth Crew. Following this presentation we will say our final emotional farewell to the Youth Crew of Voyage 13/12 as they depart the ship.
On a personal note, I would like to thank all of the Youth Crew of Voyage 13/12 for the effort that you put in throughout this voyage. You are a great group of young Australians and all of the Staff Crew of Young Endeavour have thoroughly enjoyed spending the past 11 days sailing with all of you.
Prior to the Ship sailing for Gladstone I will hand it back to the Captain for the next voyage LEUT Matt Warren. It has been fantastic being back onboard and I look forward to returning again for another voyage in Sep 12.
Until then, take care.