Command Day had arrived. We had been training hard for the last week in preparation for this day. We weighed anchor at 0930 from Watson’s Bay on Sydney Harbour. The crew were all ready for the long day that we had ahead of ourselves. Just the night before we had been cruising around darling harbour in preparation for our part in the Australia day celebrations. The wind was a very calm 0-5 knots from the south west as the anchor came up. We proceeded to prepare the ship for the day ahead by firstly setting the main staysail closely followed by the jib and then the main. Once we had these sails set we unfurled the topgallant staysail and proceeded towards Sydney heads.The minutes ticked by, still no change, we had been sitting just inside the heads for some time now. The breeze had completely died off now and the crew was having trouble just keeping the ship on a straight course. The youth crew had been given waypoints that we were to proceed through over the course of the day.The command team met in the navigation room to discuss what our options were. The decision was reached to ask the Captain for the use of the engines for six nautical miles so that we could, firstly get out of the heads then proceed to our first waypoint. Just as the engines were being turned on the breeze filled in and we no longer required them.The navigators took fixes constantly so that we could not only reach our waypoint but also do it in the quickest time. After 30 or so minutes another meeting was called for the command team and we again came to a decision, our decision was to miss out a line of waypoints in order to reach the other six and therefore giving the ship the greatest chance for success.Our second waypoint came slowly as the breeze dropped. The command team again met to discuss our options. We came to the decision that we had to head back to Sydney harbour without proceeding through any more waypoints as we would arrive back at anchor past our time limit.All hands to tacking stations, prepare to wear ship! Was the call from our XO of the day. The ship completed the wear without any hiccups and the navigators plotted our course back to Sydney.We arrived back through the heads with an hour to drop anchor and get our sails down. We dropped anchor in Hunters Bay within time limit. Our beach assault team then rowed into Balmoral Beach. They managed to get thirty six people to join in with the singing of the national anthem with them.Command Day was a great success and was a huge team effort, all those involved gave it their all and were happy with the overall result.Yours,TomYouth Crew Captain
Latitude/Longitude: 33Â°49's / 151Â°16'e
Wind, SSE 10 knots
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Welcome to Day 10 and the final day of our voyage.
It was a well-rested Youth Crew that mustered on deck for an Early Morning Activity at 0630 this morning. Our anchorage overnight in Cario Bay had proven to be a good one and even though we had some strong winds overnight we held our anchorage position very well. Being the last morning Chef Jarod served up a continental breakfast which meant that we all got to help ourselves to toast, cereals, yogurt and fresh fruit.
A shorter than normal Morning Brief followed, then after a good set of cleaning stations the Youth Crew mustered up on deck then ‘manned the yards’ ready for our entry into Geelong.
At 0940 we weighed anchor then transited the short distance over to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club where we berthed outboard of the Wave Attenuator at 1000 where we were met by some family and friends and a large number of interested people keen to get a close look at the ship.
Once the Youth Crew had departed the ship the Staff set about completing ‘end of voyage checks’ and getting ready for our next voyage.
On a personal note, I would like to thank all of the Youth Crew of Voyage 01/22 for the effort that you have put in throughout this voyage, you are a wonderful group of young Australians and all of the Staff Crew of Young Endeavour have enjoyed sharing this sailing adventure with you and wish you all the very best for the future.
Until next voyage, take care
Photo courtesty of Jane Flowers of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.
Good Evening everyone,
It’s Captain Sophia Mellink reporting in on Day 8 of our voyage, also known as Command Day. From 1000 hours today, Command of STS Young Endeavour has been handed over for a 24hr period to the Youth Crew. Today, we commence our crossing of Bass Strait and endeavour to reach Port Phillip Bay, and Victoria’s infamous “Rip” tomorrow morning. It’s an honour to Captain this vessel towards Geelong and add my name to a long and illustrious list of Youth Crew Captains. The full Youth Crew positions are listed below.
Captain: Sophia Mellink
Sailmaster: Carl Ashworth
Navigator: Sam McVilly
Watch Leader: Niamh Blake
Watch Leader: William Graham
Chef: Alex Wilson
Chef: Stuart Morrow
I’ll now hand over to Kate and Gabby from our Youth Crew for a full account of today’s activities.
Fair winds and calm seas to all our faithful readers,
It’s ya gals Gabby and Kate bringing to you the inside scoop on Command Day.
This morning started just like any other with a rude awakening from Hugh (Jackman). Our worn, tired and waterlogged bodies rolled out of our racks to perform a spirited walk above deck to ‘The Greatest Show’. We quickly moved on to playing the evolution game where Katy Perry was the highest power. Paper, scissors, rock determine the Youthies' and Staffies' fate of either an egg, a chicken, crocosaurus, power ranger or the ultimate ranking of Katy. Shout out to Emma (white watch leader) for carrying the supremes with a solo of ‘Firework”.
Morning brief started off good with a post breaky SAO and a lesson on punishment from the staff production team (Matty is still scared). All leadership positions then attended “Opposites” where Captain, Sail Master, Navigator, Watch Leaders and Chefos discussed classified intel, which cannot be disclosed at this time.
As ten o’clock rolled around the Staffies finally gave up on us and jumped overboard leaving Captain Mellink in charge. Unfortunately the Staffies smuggled their way back on board as they decided the Bass Strait was not the finest location for a morning swim.
First on Capt’n agenda was setting sail and weighing anchor from the Coast of King Island and heading into the notorious Bass Strait. Our Sail Master Carl boasted good vibes for the sailing trip ahead and our Nav Sammy Boy’s wind dance ensured smooth sailing. We can confirm no more spew bags have been thrown overboard.
The afternoon was filled with post-lunch naps and ticking off some of the tasks set by the Staffies. Randy and Sari drew a gorgeous mural of Young Endeavour at midships - hopefully photographic evidence has been taken and will be shared for everyone. Many of the youthies woke to a dolphin sighting announcement, which caused much chaos involving ladders and scones. Dolphins WERE NOT seen.
Chefos Alex and Sam cooked up an amazing meal (I can confirm the best yet, sorry Jarod) of Nacho girlfriend and build a boyfriend burger. Each of us had a nice helping of trivia for dessert, and after much contesting The Best Team (Gabby, Kate, Oli, Randy, Sari and Jo) busted some unique dance moves (aka the bow and arrow) to win.
Hopefully we see Victoria by tomorrow, if not, please tell our mums (Diana and Lynne) we love them and send help when possible.
Signing off for now,
Xoxo Gabby and Kate