Ahoy shipmates…Day 10, the penultimate of Voyage 02/20. It has been an absolute pleasure having this diverse and adventurous group of young Australians onboard. Hobart, Tasman Island, Wineglass Bay, Coles Bay, Bass Strait, Rye, Port Phillip Bay and Williamstown…and some awesome sailing thrown in for good measure…not too shabby for 11 days. We wish them every success in their future endeavours, and welcome them to the Young Endeavour family….14000 strong and growing, as of this voyage (the 14000th youth crew was onboard this voyage). I must thank the staff crew, whose tireless efforts ensure the program runs smoothly, keep the youth crew safe, and make sure they (and we) manage to have a heap of fun along the way. That’s about it from me…for the final time this voyage, fair winds, Captain Kenny…out!
Our final full day has arrived *sobs*.
The day started off as always with a loud 0630 wakeup and laps around the deck. To get the day started we had a repeat game of Knights, Mounts and Cavaliers with a beautiful view of Melbourne city. We were even lucky enough to see a few hot air balloons!
After the usual morning brief we went into a very important happy hour to prepare for our guests from the Vietnamese Special Needs Society of Melbourne. With Jeromeâ€™s tick of approval on the shipâ€™s state of cleanliness, we berthed in Seaworks and picked up our guests to take them sailing for the day. In pairs, we gave them tours of the boat and later had great help from some of them while setting the Jib â€“ amongst other sails – which is hard work! Our guests munched on some lovely finger food prepared by Adam, while watching some dolphin friends who decided to say hello.
After saying goodbye to our new buddies, we berthed at Williamstown to explore in our watches for a couple hours. With yummy ice cream in hand, we sat in a park to reflect on our journey and how far weâ€™ve come. We all found that we reached so many personal and group goals and have lots take to back to our lives ashore. Upon returning to our lovely ship, we held the final round of Rope Races to determine the victors (Congratulations White Watch, and good effort to the other watches)! Victory in hand, all three watches climbed the foremast to harbor furl the square sails in preparation for our dramatic entrance in the morning.
To finish the night, we had a cheese board and delicious pizzas – courtesy of Adam, once again â€“ at midships. Following that, weâ€™re having a presentation of a slideshow, song and poem (all tasks from Command Day).
Even though weâ€™ll see you all tomorrow, shout out to our families and friends*, have a wonderful night, thanks for reading!
*Ian, Bernice, Bridie and Connie â€“ Lily
Trin, Riv, Yoss and Nana Ruth â€“ Sarah
Sandie, Murray and Sam â€“ Ariana
P.S. Arki would like to request for his parents to bring Zulu on board tomorrow for pick up!
Wind: S at 18 knots Weather: Fine Sea: Mild Location: At anchor Hobsons Bay, Melbourne.