Captain's Log
26 June 2014

Day 10 – Final Night of Voyage

Hi Everyone,                  Welcome to Day 10 of our voyage. Following an early morning wake up call and a sunrise climb the anchor was weighed at 0715 this morning. Once clear of the anchorage we proceeded under motor to the Mackay Marina berthing starboard side to the Mega Yacht Berth No 5 (changed from Berth No 6 at the last moment) at 0810 where we off loaded 10 days of garbage and cleaned the ship in preparation for our guests.At 0945 we welcomed 19 Half Day Sail guests onboard, including 10 members of the Mackay Lifestyle Choices Lifestream Program and 9 Staff Crew Guests. At 1005 the lines were cast off and we proceeded out of the Marina where engines were shut down and the ship brought under sail. During the three hours that followed the Youth Crew did a great job of keeping our guests entertained and everyone enjoyed a fantastic sail.At 1300 we returned to the Mackay Marina this time conducting a stern board (reverse park) and berthed port side to the Mackay Marina Fuelling Wharf. Once alongside, we farewelled our guests then the Youth Crew went ashore with their Watch Leaders for end of voyage talks. On their return they proceeded aloft and completed a very good set of harbour furls (very neat sail furls). Normally on completion of these furls I would depart the berth and proceed out to anchor but due to an unpleasant swell and limited sheltered anchorages of Mackay I decided to remain alongside overnight for the final night of the voyage.This evening we enjoyed a dinner of Chef Hayden’s world famous pizza which were served on deck. Once complete we commenced a photo slide show up on deck capturing various moments and experiences during the voyage. This slide show has become a popular part of the Young Endeavour Program and gives the Youth Crew an opportunity to reflect on the past 10 days and their amazing experiences throughout the voyage.With the slide show complete the Youth Crew adjourned to the café and completed end of voyage questionnaires and “letters to themselves”, 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 ‘end of voyage’ debriefs.Tomorrow morning following breakfast and morning brief we will depart our berth and proceed out into the Outer Harbour. Once the Youth Crew have manned the yards, we will come back alongside berthing for the final time for this voyage at Mackay Marina’s Mega Berth No 5 at 1000.Once alongside family and friends will be invited onboard for a tour of the ship and to witness my final address and the presentation of Certificates of Achievement to all of the Youth Crew. Following this presentation we will say our final emotional farewell to the Youth Crew of Voyage 10/14 as they depart the ship. On a personal note, I would like to thank all of the Youth Crew of Voyage 10/14 for the effort that you have put in throughout this voyage, you have made my first voyage back onboard Young Endeavour as the fulltime Captain a memorable one and I have really enjoyed spending the past 11 days sailing with all of you. Young Endeavour will now have a 24hr break in Mackay before embarking our next Youth Crew on Friday 27th June and sailing from Mackay to Sydney. Until Next Voyage, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


21° 6' South / 149° 13' East


Currently alongside Mackay Marina and experiencing light - moderate 6-10kt SW winds. Current temperature is 16 degrees.