Ahoy shipmates and welcome to Voyage 4/19. Young Endeavour has been in Hobart supporting the Wooden Boats Festival and we have had a fantastic time, as we alway do in Tasmania (bit cool though!). Over last weekend we had nearly 2000 people visit the ship during open days…a busy time indeed. But now it is time for the next challenge, and at 1500 this afternoon 24 young Australians joined us for the trip to Sydney, with a small number of friends and family in tow. After stowing their gear we conducted the official welcome and introduction of the staff crew for the voyage…they are as follows:
Captain – Kenny, Sail Master – Dion, Navigator – Jerome, Boats Officer – Darren, White Watch Leader – Morgan, Red Watch Leader – Ivanka, Blue Watch Leader – Tracey, Engineer – Mark, Chef – Zac. At 1600 we departed our berth at Macquarie 1 and commenced a leisurely passage down the Derwent River. Our destination for tomorrow is Port Arthur where the Youth Crew will be going ashore for tours…a very interesting and historic place. We are currently at anchor just south of Hobart, off Kingston Beach. The intent is to stay here in the relative calm while we tick off the necessary briefs before hitting the open ocean, hearing from the Engineer, Sail Master and myself. We are also taking this opportunity to take our newly embarked adventurers through the harness brief, instructing them on how to correctly wear their safety harnesses. We will weigh anchor around 2100 for the short transit across Storm Bay to Port Arthur, aiming to be at anchor off the ‘Isle of the Dead’ around 0600 tomorrow morning. The relaxed start to the trip brings good news…no-one is sea sick yet (emphasis on yet). We have around 640 nautical miles to Sydney, but despite the distance we have still planned some adventures ashore…fun times ahead. I’ll leave it there for now…until tomorrow, fair winds, Captain Kenny.
Wind: W at 5kts Weather: Overcast and cool Swell: Nil Location: At anchor off Kingston Beach Hobart
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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+