Ahoy Shipmates,Command Day is now well underway with the YC tasked with sailing the Ship from Coles Bay to Storm Bay a distance of approximatly 80nm. Besides sailing and navigating the ship the YC have been given a number of tasks to complete along the way. One of those tasks is to complete the Captains Log for both tonight and tomorrow, so please find attached Captains Log Entry from Captain Coops and her team.Until tomorrow. take care.Yours AyeCaptain GavYOUTH CREW COMMAND DAY VOYAGE 3-09CAPTAINS LOGAs the sun rose over the east while we were anchored in Wine Glass Bay Tasmania, we awoke at 0600 to the glorious sound of Paul’s voice, a voice that we have gotten so used to, too quickly! While we were doing our morning exercises of Mounts, Knights & Cavaliers it dawned upon the youth crew that today was the dayï¿½. COMMAND DAY, where the youth crew take over the ship for 24 hoursï¿½ would you trust us??!!!! After only being on the ship for 6 days with most of the youth crew’s heads over the side of the boat crossing Bass Strait, today was our day to shape up & show off just what the amazing crew had taught us on this life-changing tall ship.Of course the day could not proceed without our last breakfast from Jarod the Chefo, with all of the crew eating as much as possible because we didn’t know what the ability of our new cooks for the next 24 hours would be. Along with acquiring new chefs for the Command day, we also had the chance to vote in a new Command Team. This command team was split into two groups who would be in charge of taking over the ship in two 12 hour lots. Voted amongst the new crew were Captain Mighty Miko & Captain Crazy Cooper, Sail Master Reliable Russ & Sail Miss Magical Mikaela, Navigator Amazing Alex & Navigator Marvellous Maree, Officer of the Watch Silly Simon & Officer of the Watch Beautiful Beck, our six watch leaders Ben, Mick, Dunc, Jannah, James & Kieran and our three chefs Kirsty, Dee & Mitch. However the ship could not sail without the help of all 24 youth crew who all play a very important role with respect to every aspect of the ship, as well as with the challenge that we have been set by Captain Gav & his trusting team. As we’re all seeing this command day, it’s not about any one person making decisions. Rather, it’s a group of 24 who make the decisions together as a team.So, the day had come for the youth of Australia on Voyage 3-09 to take control of the ship. After breakfast & happy hour (cleaning the ship) we departed to shore for a “leisurely” walk. Little did we know that we were trekking up one of the mountains from Wine Glass Bay to the other side of Coles Bay. When we arrived we were then given instructions as a team with a list of 20 tasks to achieve. The first one was soon under way, with the Beach Assault Team singing the National Anthem on the deck of the cafï¿½ with as many locals & strangers as possible, in order to mark the beginning of the youth crew’s journey. All about & we were ready to go, asking as many questions as possible from our respected leaders to cram in as much information as our brains could handle.Square sails ready, anchor up, yards braced & we were off. Not long after getting out of the bay we nearly had the ship in full mast. With the weather perfect, the gods were on our side. At this time of the evening, we still have control of the ship, have already met a few of our tasks, have been fed with a decent meal (go chefs!) & have sailed the ship without power further in the few hours that we have had control, than we have in the past 6 days (sorry Gav ïŠ the weather is too good).So it’s at this time in the evening that Captain Mighty Miko & Captain Crazy Cooper say Good night me hearties, check in tomorrow for the second chapter of our adventures. Â Â
Latitude/Longitude: 42Â°37's / 148Â°22'e
Currently 6nm to the East of Maria Island and enjoying 20-25kt NE winds with a following sea (the weather gods are finally smiling upon YE)
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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