Hi Everyone, It’s Captain Gav making another short return to the ship for Voyage 20/10 so that Captain Damien can take a well deserved rest. This voyage will see us spend the next 11 days sailing from Adelaide to Devonport and along the way experiencing the Southern Ocean and the infamous Bass Strait. The YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Staff Crew for this voyage are as follows:Captain ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ GavSail Master ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ JoelNavigator ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Kenny BOATSO ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Tug Red Watch Leader ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Penny assisted by Leon White Watch Leader ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ AdrianBlue Watch Leader ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Shayne assisted by KimChef ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ ChadEngineers – Josh The voyage commenced at 1500 today with the Ship berthed alongside at Dock No.2 in Port Adelaide. By 1520 all of the new Youth Crew had arrived onboard and once gear had been stowed, everyone mustered on deck for my welcome address and Staff Crew introductions. On completion of this address we farewelled family, friends and well wishers then went straight into a safety brief followed by a number of ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ice breaker activities’ and ships tours. Normally at this time we would depart our berth but given the large amount of shipping departing Adelaide and the length of the pilotage to get us out of Adelaide to a suitable anchorage I decided to remain alongside for the first night of the voyage.Dinner followed, with Chef Chad again managing to amaze all of the new Crew with a fantastic meal. Once we had cleaned up from dinner, I sat down with the Youth Crew and had a discussion about what their voyage would entail and my expectations over the next eleven days. On completion, Joel as the Sail Master for this voyage gave his talk about some of the rules, regulations and safety aspects of Young Endeavour before giving a safety aloft brief and demonstration on how to climb the foremast. Once he had finished this demonstration I inverted all of the Youth Crew in their harnesses, which is our final safety check prior to commencing our first climbs. This evening, with some nerves and a great deal of courage and determination every member of the Youth Crew undertook their first climb to the topgallant yard (highest yard), which is located on top of the foremast and is approximately 33m above the water. This climb will complete today’s activities and once the last member of the crew is safely back on deck everyone will turn in for their first nights sleep onboard Young Endeavour. Tomorrow morning we will depart our berth, conduct our pilotage out of the Adelaide River and commence our passage to Devonport. Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
The time is now 2230 and we are experiencing light - moderate NW winds with nil swell.
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