Ahoy there shipmates, landlubbers and armchair sailors, it was fantastic to meet the lovely youth crew of Voyage 12 today in beautiful Gladstone, comprising 18 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 11 days. I told them to rest assured, we would take very good care of their young sailors, as we have a skilled and experienced staff crew for this voyage… Namely: Sail Master â€“ Keithy. Navigator â€“ Emma. BOATSO â€“ Matty. Red Watch Leader â€“ TJ. White Watch Leader â€“ Dan. Blue Watch Leader â€“ Phoebe. Assistant Blue Watch Leader – Tori. Chef â€“ Keely, Engineer – Reggie and Key Grip/Roustabout – Sumo. Watch Leaders kicked off the program with ice breakers and ships’ tours. A smashing dinner was served, then we got underway and proceeded to our anchorage for the night in Gladstone Harbour. Once at anchor, Reggie spoke of engines and plumbing and ships husbandry. Keithy 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 10.5 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… I wonder where we’ll be this time tomorrow night? Good night and stay safe. Captain Adam Charlie Farley
Weather: Fine. Wind: SE < 10kts. Temp: 20. Swell: Nil.