Welcome to day ten of our voyage. The Youth Crew awoke to a warm Melbourne morning with temperatures throughout the day forecast to be in the low 30â€™s.
Following breakfast and morning brief everyone was given the opportunity to take another quick swim and demonstrate their skills on the rope swing before being ferried ashore to Rye were they enjoyed some beach games which were run by our two Supernumeraryâ€™s Zak and Abbie. Once completed, they were given some free time to browse through the local shops or enjoy another swim at the Beach.
By 1115 everyone was back onboard and following lunch the anchor was weighed and we commenced our 30nm pilotage down to the north of Port Phillip Bay to our anchorage in Port Melbourneâ€™s Dobsonâ€™s Bay.
During this passage we completed End of Voyage Chats and the final round of rope races. At 1600 we safely anchored in Dobsonâ€™s Bay then the Youth Crew proceeded aloft to put Harbour Furls on all three squares.
This evening we enjoyed a pizza dinner, SODâ€™s Opera and finally a slide show of photographs taken throughout the voyage. The rest of the evening was spent with the Youth Crew completing end of voyage questionnaires and â€œletters to themselvesâ€, which are returned to each Youth Crew member six months after voyage completion.
Whilst the Youth Crew were completing these final administration tasks the Staff Crew took the opportunity to conduct the â€˜end of voyageâ€™ debriefs.
At 0900 tomorrow morning Young Endeavour will depart her anchorage at Dobsonâ€™s Bay and transit the short distance across to Williamstown where we will berth for the last time for this voyage at Workshop Pier at 1000 were we hope to be met by a large group of family, friends and other spectators.
Once our guests have had a tour of the ship I will give my final address to the Youth Crew of Voyage 04-16 then present them with Certificates of Achievements. Once completed, we will say our final sad goodbyes then the Youth Crew of Voyage 04-16 will depart the ship.
This ends the Captains Logs for this voyage. Young Endeavour will remain alongside in Williamstown until Monday 07 March when we will embark the Youth Crew of Voyage 05-16 who will sail the ship from Williamstown to Sydney.
Until then, take Care
Currently anchored in Hobson's Bay, Port Melbourne and experiencing light to moderate SSE winds with .5m swell. Current temperature is 18 degrees.
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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike