Hi Everyone, At 0300 this morning all sail was handed in and under the guidance of Staff the Youth Crew brought the Ship to anchor in the lea of Badgers Head. Once at anchor the Youth Crew completed a small number of outstanding tasks than handed the Ship back to Staff at the agreed time of 0900. We then gave the Youth Crew some well deserved ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½down time’ prior to undertaking the Command Day debrief.Normally at 1000 on Day 10 we would proceed alongside to conduct a Half Day Sail for young people with disabilities but unfortunately due to extremely strong winds and a large swell today we had to cancel this activity. Early afternoon saw the Youth Crew proceed aloft to complete harbour furls which was followed by end of voyage talks. This evening we enjoyed our last ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½teak deck BBQ’ for the voyage which was followed by an upper deck photographic slide show which allowed us to reflect on the great times we have had over the past 10 days (thanks Tim for putting this slide show together) . To complete the evenings activities the Youth Crew completed ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½end of voyage’ questionnaires and letters to themselves, which will be returned to them in 6 months time. Tomorrow morning we will depart our anchorage and berth alongside Devonport West No 3 at 1000 for the final time for this voyage. Once alongside we will invite family and guests onboard for a tour of the ship then I will conduct a brief ceremony and award Certificates of Achievement to all of the Youth Crew of Voyage 20/10. On completion of this ceremony we will say our emotional farewells. This is the final Captains Log for this voyage. Young Endeavour will remain alongside in Devonport until Sunday 5 December when we will embark our new Youth Crew for Voyage 21/10 which is from Devonport ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Sydney.On a personnel note, I would like to thank all of the Youth Crew of Voyage 20/10 for the effort that you put in throughout this voyage. You are a great group of young Australians and all of the Staff Crew of YOUNG ENDEAVOUR have thoroughly enjoyed spending the past 10 days with all of you.Prior to the Ship sailing for Sydney I will hand it back to the fulltime Captain LCDR Damien Munchenberg. It has been fantastic being back onboard and I look forward to returning again in January 2011 for the Melbourne ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Hobart voyage when Damien will take another well deserved break. Please find attached Part 2 of the Youth Crews Captains Log from Captain Rosanna and other entries from other members of the Youth Crew.Until then, take care.Yours AyeCaptain GavWhat an amazing Command Day this has been. We reached our final destination between 0215 and 0230 this morning having sailed 44 nautical miles in 11 hours. Swells reached 2 metres over night and winds hit 25 plus nautical miles an hour. We reached every one of our three way points, and in a beautiful piece of navigation sailed (very!) close hauled to reach Way Point 2 and scraped in 100m within the accepted one nautical mile radius. I am proud to say that the crew achieved every one of the tasks set for them by 0900 this morning, and in fine style. All crew members dug deep through the night and the early hours of the morning and I am so proud of our efforts. A lot of positive points and takeaways came out of our debriefs today and we have an emotional final night ahead of us as we prepare to return home with many new found skills, confidence, and friendships.Again I can only congratulate the youth crew on their efforts throughout Command Day and say what an honour it has been to lead this team and captain this ship we all love. To Sailmaster Sam, TomTom the Navman, and all of the crew I would like to thank you so much for your efforts, your reliability and for always pulling your weight. Good job guys.Finally, on behalf of all the youth crew I would like to thank all of the staffies for the support and guidance they have given us during this physical, emotional and personal journey. We heart you. Over and out,Youth Captain Rosanna.Yo yo yo just chilling with the leprechauns here on the young Endeavour. This is joke master JASON ADDIS speaking. Throughout this voyage I have introduced Bad joke Friday to the crew, so I thought I would be kool and let you dudes know what punishment the youth crew are going through. So this is one of the many jokes they have been subjected to, ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Two fish are swimming along and one swims into a wall, DAM!ï¿½ï¿½Over and out! JASON ADDIS!Hi all!Last day here on the Young Endeavour, and it has been a truly amazing experience! It will be very sad to leave everyone tomorrow, but it will also be good to come home and stand on a floor that doesn’t move and cause you bruises! I will miss everyone here, and can only thank every staff and crew member for the encouragement and life-changing experience that they have given me over the last ten days.Carly WoollardTo my friends and family and Young Endeavour followers,As I type this entry, I am staring out into the vast expanse of the Bass Strait from Badger Head. It is hard to imagine that I would be able to go ten days without my phone or Facebook, but I have done it and am so glad that I took the leap and joined this magnificent voyage from Adelaide to Devonport. I have sincerely enjoyed the last ten days of sailing, making friends, learning about teamwork, leadership and how to sail a tall ship. As we leave the beautiful Young Endeavour tomorrow I know I can successfully say that I have pushed myself to the limit having climbed the main mast at 3am in 30 knot winds across the Strait. If you have ever had the slightest thought about joining the Young Endeavour on a voyage I would thoroughly recommend it as it has been one of the best experiences of my life. Over and out,Emma RobertsTo all those reading the Young Endeavour V20/10 Captain’s Logï¿½ï¿½_It is hard to put into words exactly what this voyage has involved. While one can explain the activities we have undertaken, to describe the feelings that everyone has felt and the experiences we have shared is nearly impossible. These last ten days are ten days which I will never ever forget. I have met the most incredible people and collected some everlasting memories. I am so honoured to have been given the opportunity to sail a tall ship, such as the Young Endeavour, and I can now officially say that I can confidently set and furl sails! Something I never dreamt of being able to ever do. We have been taught so much throughout our voyage; about ourselves, about others, about sailing and about life, in general. So, what will I take away from my travels from Adelaide to Devonport? That life should be lived without regrets; only with mistakes from which we learn and successes from which we thrive. And that one must remember the ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½sunshines and lollipops’ when times get tough!Thankyou to all the staff crew and the youth crew as well, for making this such an incredible journey.Peace out all,Xenia NewlandPS Adrian is awesome!Greetings to all.Well what can I say, this voyage has been great! We have had such a great time on this voyage from Adelaide to Devonport. The weather across the Bass Strait has been somewhat what is expected from it: rain, wind & cold. The staff have made this voyage an unforgettable and wonderful experience and I would like to extend my thanks to them. Brendan Josey.
Currently at anchor at Badgers Head and experiencing very strong easterly winds with a 1m swell.
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