Voyage name: 
V07/21 Gladstone to Airlie Beach
02 Jul - 12 Jul 2021
Latitude: 
21 38.8' S
Longitude: 
150 14.4' E
Conditions: 
At anchor off Middle Percy Is Wind: light and variable, Swell: nil, Sea: nil, Weather: fine with nil cloud, Temp: 18 deg C
Came to anchor on the northern side of Middle Percy Island early afternoon. Remaining here overnight.
Ahoy guys! Today we kicked off the first lot of 4 hr watches. Blue watch got a lovely sunrise climb up the foremast. At 0700 everyone was then woken up to some wonderful singing which was then followed by an amazing breakfast from our wonderful chef Adam of fruit salad and croissants. A quick morning briefing was then conducted and the youthies got to meet the beloved Salty and cheeky Jill who showed us that S.H.I.T (store high in transit) was a strictly nautical term. This was then soon followed by everyone’s favourite time of the day, Happy Hour! We were then brought back up on deck with our watch leaders to practise some setting and furling drills starting to prepare us for the quickly approaching command day. We were then treated to a visit from some whales who were splashing about and performing tricks beside the boat. In addition to the whales, a border patrol plane then flew directly above the boat taking photos of the enthusiastic Navy Crew and Youth Crew of STS Young Endeavour. Soon enough, lunch was served and quickly devoured by the members of the youthies who were not paid a visit by the green goblin (seasickness). Sadly, many became slightly ill when sailing out on the open waters as we headed to middle Percy Island. Despite this, the youthies powered on to participate in some 3-way talks where 3 randomly chosen youth crew members (not in the same watch) were chosen to get to know each other well enough to be able to act as one of the other members after the delicious deck BBQ dinner that was planned for us all. After about an hour of getting to know each other over cheeseboards and many questions, we then began the feast , salads, chicken and steaks all went down a treat with many of the youthies feeling much better after we anchored at the Island in the late afternoon. After the sunset BBQ, there was a bit of a dance party with music provided by the wonderful nav Emma where we learnt some signature Young Endeavour moves. We were then required to paint a small wooden boat to leave on Middle Percy Island as the first voyage to anchor here. We then got a look at all the stars in the sky up on the deck after dark and began to see just how small we really are. Now the youthies are looking forward to our much shorter 1 hr watches tonight and a hopefully more restful sleep in the calm waters here. CC (Celeste) and Connor signing out. Connor – Groovy like a drive-in movie Celeste – Miss everyone so much but living the best life despite my lack of sleep! Everyone here is practically family but still can’t wait to see you all <3 ----------------------------------------- Thank you Connor and Celeste for your summary of our day's activities. The plan is to remain in our Middle Percy Is anchorage overnight and to head ashore for a look in the morning and then departing after lunch to continue our passage to the Whitsundays. Until tomorrow, Yours Aye, Captain Mike
It is not the critic who counts, Nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is marred in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who, at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement. And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while doing greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls, who know neither victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt