Ahoy there everyone,Â WE MADE IT!!!!! After pushing through some trying weather we made our final waypoint with six minutes to spare, just as planned thanks to Youth Crew Navigator, Amelia!Â When we left you last night we had just hit a storm that pushed us a little of course resulting in us being a little further south then originally intended. Despite this, after great effort from our Watch Officers, their Watch Leaders and all the Deck Crew we were able to recover from our venture south and complete a two watch wear at 0400. Although we were wet, tired and cold, we all pushed through to successfully get back on course and reach waypoint two at 0925.From here we altered course and travelled 13NM before reaching waypoint three, just outside of the Newcastle Harbour at 1154.On our adventure we successfully completed all twenty-two tasks set for us by the Young Endeavour staff. A highlight amongst these the morning brief that made even Mick, the morning brief judge, laugh. Along the way we had collected a few extra passengers, including Sandy the Sea Wench and a Wookey played by Youth Crew Officers Morgan and Alec at the morning â€˜not so briefâ€™ brief.At 1200 we proceeded into Newcastle Harbour with assistance from Young Endeavour staff and at 1300 we formally handed the ship back to Captain Damien ending our 24 hour Command Day, which was as challenging as it was exciting.On behalf of the Young Endeavour Youth Crew, I would like to thank Captain Damien and his crew for the experience of a life time, which we will never forget.Youth Crew Captain TonySarah- It was a great opportunity for leadership experience. Thankyou to the Roasty Toasty crew who worked really hard in terrible conditions for hours when we hit â€œ The Storm â€œJosh- Watch Leader, worked hard when needed, slept harder when able. â€œThe Rascalsâ€ watch all deserve a medal for their staunch efforts through out command day experience.Brendan â€“ In the middle of lightning, strong winds and heavy seas, all watches stood up tremendously to the challenge of independently sailing a 44 metre, 22 million dollar tall ship. Climbing the 33 metre masts in a rocking and rolling ship above the chaos in the bridge and on deck was an amazing stunt.Amy-Nicole â€“ Wicked experience! Meet new mates! You all made me laugh in your own way, thanks guys and thanks PIA for the inspiration!Alyce- Thanks for the awesome EXPERIENCE and everybody having a positive attitude made the journey really fun I will never forget, one of the best things I have ever done.Matt- If I could recommend anything to anyone, it would be to sail the young endeavour, will never forget. Thanks everyone!Linden – Best thing Iâ€™ve ever done! Meet the best mates and do plenty of things you wouldnâ€™t normally do.P.S Mighty Whities !!Alec â€“ This has improved my confidence and the friends I have made will last forever!Steph â€“ Experience I will never forget and made extra special by the people on board.Maggie â€“ An incredible experience! Something I will always remember. I met so many great people and experience so much.Emily â€“ Congratulations and thankyou to all of the fabulous staff members and funky crew for making this oceanic voyage so unique and exciting. One of the most memorable times of me life!Amelia â€“ Best experience of my life to date and one that will continue to inspire me for years to come.
Alongside Queens Wharf, Newcastle - weather isolated showers, wind W 8 knots, swell nil, temperature 10 degrees, barometer 1009 hpa
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Day 2 found the ship tucked away nice and snug in the lee of the lovely, Mud Island in Moreton Bay. Hands were called at 0630 and the youth crew's presence was kindly requested topside for a bit of move and shake, for our first early morning activity. Then it was away to wash and eat before morning brief took place on the bridge after the formalities of our Colours ceremony at 0800. Dion hatched the plan for the day and then Theresa (our lifesaving and safety equipment expert) took charge for a collective closer look at said lifesaving equipment. Whilst that was happening, remaining staff weighed anchor under a gorgeous blue and sun drenched day and we commenced our pilotage out of Moreton Bay - with Emma the Navigator as our trusty Pilot. Once Theresa had completed her briefing, youth crew turned-to cleaning stations, or as we call it, "happy hour". Whales, turtles and dolphins frolicked as we sailed past them and then out into the Coral Sea we went. A large cargo ship tooted their horn, 'adieu', and we responded in kind. All the while our sea puppies set and furled the sails, had a wee break for lunch, then continued with same all afternoon. Finally, when watch leaders gave me the nod, I gave Dion a wink and he called the ship to tacking stations. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, it was with almost mechanical precision that this youth crew of ours, performed their duties in a well oiled fashion, and they did tack this ship, back and forth, several times to drill and practice the required actions to manouevre this beautiful ship through the wind. I was well impressed. Bravo I said, then Dion stood them down for half an hour. Dinner was taken at 1715, then the youth crew turned-to sea watches, to assist with navigational safety overnight, whilst the others slept soundly. Each watch would take a four hour trick to follow the navigation plan by helm, keep lookout duties and conduct hourly rounds throughout the night. Additionally they would consolidate sail handling and climbing procedures. If they didn't know, now they know - This here is a working ship and we have no passengers embarked. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+