Ahoy Shipmates…welcome to Voyage 15/19…the penultimate for 2019 (Sydney to Hobart to go). At 1500 this afternoon, in rather blustery conditions, 27 young adventurers embarked Young Endeavouor alongside Breakwater Wharf Eden. A large number of friends and family were in tow, and once the youth crew had stowed their gear and our guests had completed quick tours of the ship, we commenced welcome proceedings amidships. I took the opportunity to provide a brief history of the ship and program to our visitors, welcome the youth crew, and introduce the staff crew. They are…Captain-Kenny, Sailmaster-James, Navigator-Harry, Boats Officer-Ivanka, White Watch Leader-Morgan, Red Watch Leader-Lauren, Blue Watch Leader-Ben, Chef-Keely and Engineer-Mark. It was them time for our guests to depart, as the youth crew were given a quick safety brief and rolled into ship tours and ice-breakers. Due to the strong winds the decision was made to remain alongside until conditions eased. After a delicious dinner from Keely, the Sailmaster brief (do’s and don’ts) and Captain’s briefs (take every opportunity), it was time for the harness and safety aloft brief, before the youth crew commenced laying aloft for their first climbs. In order to ensure everyone had a reasonable amount of sleep, only Red and Blue Watches made it up and back. White Watch will get their turn tomorrow. Once everyone was back on deck the youth crew hit their racks, while the staffies unberthed the ship and proceed the short distance to our overnight anchorage in Snug Cove…a busy Day 2 ahead. Until tomorrow, fair winds, Captain Kenny.
Wind: SW at 5 knots Weather: Fine Sea: Calm Location: At anchor Snug Cove, Eden.
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V03/23 – DAY 5This morning the youth crew of the STS Young Endeavour woke to the frightening sound of red watch singing a parody of Riptide by Vance Joy over the ships intercom. This was then followed by the message that blue watch, the watch that was on guts the night before, could have a well-deserved sleep in. While members from blue watch went back to sleep the rest of the crew made their way down to the galley to enjoy another one of Haydos fantastic meals. After everyone had had breakfast the morning brief was given at 0900 which involved informing the youthies of the day ahead and a very educational story by Matty on the origins of the nautical term “two six heave”. After the morning brief the crew went below decks for Chucky’s favourite part of the day: Happy Hour! (Also known as cleaning the ship hour). In the afternoon the three watches conducted rotational tacking stations. This involved the watches rotating through the positions that the other watches fill when we tack which helped the crew get a better idea on what happens when we tack. Captain Gav came up on deck to give us a crash course about sailing theory and the ships history. This was very interesting and gave the youth crew a helpful insight into why different sails are used depending on different wind conditions. Round 3 of the famous Rope races were then commenced at noon with a twist of the round being worth double points. This highly non-competitive competition ended with Blue and Red watch drawing making it a close race for the rest of the trip The biggest highlight of most people’s day was sailing through the straight between Tasman Island and Cape Pillar in the afternoon. We all gathered at the bow of the ship as we gazed upon the spectacular columnar basalt edged cliffs rose up on either side of the narrow passageway. We had to furl all the sails, which involved sending two youth crew members up the main mast in rough swells and high winds to gasket the sail. Engines where turned on for the first time that day so we could safely pass the straight. The effort was truly worth it as we passed the resident seal colony and schools of dolphins. One of the greatest things about the STS Young Endeavour is even though the ship may sway from side to side and youth crew struggle to walk straight without getting knocked into a wall; the ships Chef continues to work hard and impress us with meals made from a kitchen which is smaller than the size of most people’s laundry room. It continues to amaze me how he keeps this quality in these rocky conditions. Not enough praise can be given to the hard work this man puts in keeping everyone happy. Go Haydo!Hi mum and dad I’m still alive, somehow we are already halfway through. See you in six days. Jack. You probably won’t see this but love you to the moon and back mum and dad. Riley. Until next time… Youthies Jack & Riley