Ahoy there shipmates, landlubbers and armchair sailors, it was great to meet the lovely youth crew of Voyage 13/21 today at HMAS Moreton in Brisbane, comprising 17 Aussie youth, from all over Queensland. They embarked at 1500 with friends and family in tow, who came to inspect the ship and the staff crew, and to farewell their loved ones for the next 10 days. I told them to rest assured, we would take very good care of their young sailors, as we have a very skilled and experienced staff crew for this voyage… Namely: Sail Master â€“ Emma. Navigator â€“ Keithy. BOATSO â€“ Mike. Red Watch Leader â€“ Phoebe. White Watch Leader â€“ Dan. Blue Watch Leader â€“ Tori. Chef â€“ Keely. Engineer – Reggie. The ship departed HMAS Moreton at 1600 and during the transit down stream, Watch Leaders kicked off with ice breakers and ships’ tours. A smashing dinner was served, then we anchored at Mud Island. Once at anchor, Reggie spoke of engines and plumbing and ships husbandry. Emma then spoke to them about youth crew responsibilities and a few â€˜guidelinesâ€™ to ensure communal harmony and unconditional positive regard for all. I spoke to them about what to expect over the next 9.5 days (time’s already ticking!) and ways to ensure maximum involvement in the program. Simply, to â€˜get amongst itâ€™, was the key. Youth crew then split into watches and commenced their seamanship training, consisting of line handling, safety and general principles. It’s going to be a big day tomorrow, and so our wonderful young crew turned in for a good nights sleep. Intention is to remain at anchor overnight, conducting first climbs in the forenoon and departing for sea after lunch. The adventure has begun… It’s going to be a fantastic voyage, I can feel it in my (salt) waters ;). Good night and stay safe. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+
Wind: N @ 10. Temp: 18. Swell: Nil. Weather: Cloudy.