Ahoy shipmates…welcome to Gladstone. After a restful, if windy, night at anchor, a grey and cool morning greeted the youth crew as they arose for their penultimate day on Young Endeavour. After a quick breakfast and morning brief, where Salty regaled us with the origins of 2-6-heave, a thorough happy hour, both above and below decks, ensured the ship was tidy for our arrival in Gladstone. At 0930 we weighed anchor and made our way into Gladstone Marina…a challenging alongside due to the blustery conditions. Good news is…we made it, arriving alongside at 1100. Further chores followed…out gash (rubbish), rig the awning (rain) and lunch were the order of the day. Just after 1300 we welcomed our community day sail guests…smaller in number due to the inclement weather, with the youth acting as hosts, giving tours of the ship, demonstrating their ship’s knowledge with the final round of rope races (White Watch…winners!), and generally regaling our guests with their exploits over the past 10 days. Once our visitors had departed the youth crew went ashore with their watch leaders for end of voyage talks (debrief) and the obligatory coffees. Their return saw them lay aloft to harbour furl sails in light rain, after which the traditional last night pizzas were enjoyed by all. The highlight of the evening though proved to be the ships operatic department performances, with staffies presenting a different take on cluedo, and all three watches performing skits…much hilarity ensued. The slide show and song composed by the youth crew reminded us all of how much fun we have had over the voyage, visiting some spectacular places, in the company of amazing people. The youth crew of voyage 10/19 have been an absolute pleasure to have onboard. To a person they have embraced the spirit of Young Endeavour, and on behalf of the staffies I’d like to thank them for sharing their adventure with us…they will all go on to bigger and better things. They are also now part of the ever growing Young Endeavour family…a very special group of people. That’s about it from me, thanks for following along. Wishing you all fair winds and following seas, Captain Kenny (Cap K)….out!
Wind: SSE at 18 knots Weather: Rain Sea: Calm Location: Alongside Gladstone Marina