Ahoy dear readers. Anchored in Athol Bay, Port Jackson this evening as I write this, the penultimate log of our fantastic voyage and I must say, it has been a wonderful adventure. Ships staff have completed all post voyage administration, including voyage debrief and a safety team meeting, and now the youth crew are all but in bedâ€¦ Iâ€™m about to shift into pjâ€™s myself and get some much needed (albeit unobtainable) beauty sleep lol, but let me just recap our day for youâ€¦ So, we woke our bodies then our chakras with a spot of “Yoga by TJ” at 0630, followed by breaky, morning brief, cleaning stations, then we conducted a final set of rope races before youthies lay aloft for the last time to harbour-furl the squares. We need to look fabulous for our final farewell tomorrow and fabulous we do look indeed (note to self – get Dan to wash all the vomit off the side of the ship in the morning). Then after lunch our youthies teamed up with their watch leaders for a final talk to debrief the voyage, and provide us with some feedback, then off to the beach they went. Meanwhile, Keely whipped up some belissimo pizzas which were devoured on the return of youth crew. To round out the day we had a ships concert, with all watches and the staff, performing skits for our entertainment. Then a final recapping of the voyage in the form of a photographic slide show, and in poem as Youthie Andrew recited an original, inspired by the voyage. Well, thatâ€™s that. This is the final night onboard YE for V14/21. 10 Days ago 17 youth crew from places various, came together to sail this vessel, have fun and challenge themselves. They have not only done that, but have faced and overcome fears and learnt a lot about themselves and each other along the way. Tomorrow they will leave with new skills, improved persistence, resilience and adaptability, as well as generally knowing they are more capable than what they probably thought. And of course, having made great new friends – most probably, friends for life. It never gets old for us staff members, as we truly love our work. Yours Aye, Captain Adam Charlie Farley+
Wind: NE @ 10kts. Temp: 18. Weather: Wet.
You might also be interested in
Ahoy all, Mitch and Will here on tonight's Captains log duties. After what felt like a life time at sea we finally landed in Batemans Bay after a rough two day sail from Deal Island. We started off the day seeing a seal waving at us to anchoring up on the beautiful Batemans Bay. Afterwards, we then underwent the morning brief, were we learnt some new navigations skills from Evan and did two games of rope races which is apparently a non-competitive/competitive game. This was soon followed by the best lunch from the best chef Jarod before going ‘ashore’ for a swim. After taking some time to reflect about our progress so far, we then headed back to the ship to be greeted by another of chef Jarod’s culinary delights – a teak deck bbq. With full stomachs and smiles on faces, we then began the happiest hour of the day by being taught some “famous” dance moves from Emma “the 2-6 heave” and the “checking away”. Once all was settled, we then learnt a bit more about navigation markers and were assigned our anchor watch for the night ahead. Thus, we ended the day with card games, hot milo, heaps of laughs and a stray elf on the shelf. Will and Mitch - Out
Ahoy! This is youthies Nikki Grosser and Liam Byrne writing on behalf of Red Watch. Today has been a full 24 hours on the Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea. The whole crew have been taking turns on ‘watch duty’ which has usually involved 4 hour shifts at all hours of the day. Red watch having 11.45pm to 3.45am, with white watch having 3.45am to 7.45am and blue watch having 7.45am to 11.45am. This order of shifts has been repeated for the course of the day. At 7.45pm we crossed the NSW border and at 10.30pm we sailed pass Eden, NSW. Being on the helm (on the ship's wheel) has been a good way to avoid sea sickness, requiring lots of concentration. Everyone has stepped up their game with sea sickness, as we are getting use to the constant motion of the waves. We have persevered with the wake up song ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ and Captain Mike's inspirational quotes for the day. The food has been amazing for those that have kept their appetite and not so nice for those that have had to taste it twice. We had hot dogs or chicken kebabs for lunch. For snacks we enjoyed Tim Tams, hot party pies and quiches. Followed with pasta or duck for tea and for dessert, Carrot Cake was a hit with some people having 6 pieces! We cannot wait to see all our loved ones back at home after this roller coaster of a journey. There is lots to learn and we couldn’t have asked for a better bunch to spend the time with. Can’t wait to be sleeping on our own beds.