Currently alongside at Able Point Marina in Airlie Beach and experiencing very light SE winds. Current temperature is a very pleasant 19 degrees.
It’s Captain Gav making another short return to the ship for Voyage 13/12 filling in for Captain Mike while he recovers from an arm injury. This voyage will see us spend the next 11 days sailing from Airlie Beach to Mackay and along the way experiencing the spectacular Whitsunday Islands and QLD coast.
The YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Staff Crew for this voyage are as follows:
Captain – Gav
Sail Master – Kristy
Navigator – Tim
Watch Officer- Jarrod
Assistant Watch Officer - Harriot
Red Watch Leader – Michelle
White Watch Leader – Guv
Blue Watch Leader – Josh
Chef – Chad
Engineer - Leon
The voyage commenced at 1500 today when the new Youth Crew joined Young Endeavour at the Able Point Marina at Airlie Beach. Once all gear had been stowed, everyone mustered on deck for my welcome address and Staff Crew introductions. On completion of this address we farewelled loved ones, family and friends then commenced our training program. Normally at this time we would depart our berth and proceed to anchor but due to the tide and minimal depth of water below the keel (Young Endeavour has 4m keel) I decided to remain alongside overnight and depart the marina tomorrow morning at 0900 on the high tide.
To ‘kick off’ the program the Watch Leaders conducted a number of ‘ice breaker activities’ which was followed by ships tours then Captains chat. During this period I talk to the Youth Crew about what their voyage would entail and some of the experiences they will have over the next eleven days. Dinner followed, with Chef Chad amazing all of us with his excellent culinary skills.
Once we had cleaned up from dinner, Kristy, as Sail Master, gave her talk about some of the rules, regulations and safety aspects of Young Endeavour before giving a safety aloft brief and a demonstration on how to climb the foremast. Once she had finished this demonstration I inverted all of the Youth Crew in their harnesses, which is our final safety check prior to commencing our first climbs.
This evening, with a few nerves and a great deal of courage and determination every member of the Youth Crew undertook their first climb to the topgallant yard (highest yard), which is located on top of the foremast and is approximately 33m above the water.
This climb will complete today’s activities and once the last member of the crew is safely back on deck everyone will turn in for their first nights sleep onboard Young Endeavour.
Tomorrow morning we will depart our berth, conduct our short pilotage out of Able Point Marina and commence our adventure under sail.
Until tomorrow, take care.