Ahoy Shipmates, welcome to the final Captain’s Log of Voyage 18/18…and what a day it has been. After a very early (0430) departure from Nelson Bay, we arrived in Newcastle Harbour as planned at 0900, however after challenging berthing the decision was made to stay alongside Queens Wharf indefinitely due to the weather conditions (18-20 knots, gusting 25 and 0.5 -1.0 metre seas…in the harbour!). Unfortunately this meant cancelling the half day sail. Instead we brought our guests on board for tours of the ship and to talk with the Youth Crew about their experiences. We had a variety of visitors, with the bulk of them from Kotara High School Special Needs Unit. I am pleased to say that all of the Youth Crew were very gracious hosts…keen to share their stories. Once our guests departed the watch leaders took their respective groups ashore for end of voyage talks…and coffee! On their return it was time for the final round of rope races, with White Watch being victorious overall. Their prize was to lay aloft to Top Gallant for harbour furls, Red Watch had the Topsail, with Blue Watch on the course. The Youth Crew did an outstanding job noting the still blustery conditions. Due to the wharf being quite exposed to elements, I made the decision to seek a more sheltered berth further upstream, and as I write we are alongside Thales Shipyard. Unfortunately due to condtions forecast to remain much the same for the next few days, the ship will be remaining at Thales until Friday. Tonight we are conducting end of voyage activities and the Youth Crew are making the most of the their last night together onboard. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the last night pizzas, slide show and poem. In the morning we will be ferrying the Youth Crew to Queens Wharf for the final farewells at 1000. It has been a challenging voyage, largely due to the weather, however this group of Young Australians have wholeheartedly embraced the Young Endeavour experience, making firm friends and lasting memories. You should be justifiably proud of them all, as are we. And so another successful 11 day voyage comes to a close, and our 22 Youth Crew are now and forever part of the Young Endeavour family…13000 strong and still growing. So from me until next time at sea (Friday) I bid you all fair winds and following seas! Captain Kenny….OUT!
Wind: ENE at 12 knots Weather: Wind and rain squalls Location: Alongside in Newcastle
You might also be interested in
Hi Everyone, Welcome to Day 5 of our voyage. Overnight and during the early hours of this morning we continued to enjoy a great sail around the southern Tasmanian coast with all of the watches kept busy with setting and furling sails and doing some practical navigation. By sunrise we were located just to the south of Bruny Island now just sailing under fore & aft sail and hoping that the day would get warmer, which sadly it didn’t. But the cold and a little rain hasn’t dampened our spirits and we have still managed to fit in a lot of great activities today and our young mariners continue to impress with their endless energy and motivation. That’s enough from me I will now handover to Riley and Jack who have done a great job of writing tonight’s Log. Until tomorrow, take care. Captain Gav
V03/23 – DAY 5This morning the youth crew of the STS Young Endeavour woke to the frightening sound of red watch singing a parody of Riptide by Vance Joy over the ships intercom. This was then followed by the message that blue watch, the watch that was on guts the night before, could have a well-deserved sleep in. While members from blue watch went back to sleep the rest of the crew made their way down to the galley to enjoy another one of Haydos fantastic meals. After everyone had had breakfast the morning brief was given at 0900 which involved informing the youthies of the day ahead and a very educational story by Matty on the origins of the nautical term “two six heave”. After the morning brief the crew went below decks for Chucky’s favourite part of the day: Happy Hour! (Also known as cleaning the ship hour). In the afternoon the three watches conducted rotational tacking stations. This involved the watches rotating through the positions that the other watches fill when we tack which helped the crew get a better idea on what happens when we tack. Captain Gav came up on deck to give us a crash course about sailing theory and the ships history. This was very interesting and gave the youth crew a helpful insight into why different sails are used depending on different wind conditions. Round 3 of the famous Rope races were then commenced at noon with a twist of the round being worth double points. This highly non-competitive competition ended with Blue and Red watch drawing making it a close race for the rest of the trip The biggest highlight of most people’s day was sailing through the straight between Tasman Island and Cape Pillar in the afternoon. We all gathered at the bow of the ship as we gazed upon the spectacular columnar basalt edged cliffs rose up on either side of the narrow passageway. We had to furl all the sails, which involved sending two youth crew members up the main mast in rough swells and high winds to gasket the sail. Engines where turned on for the first time that day so we could safely pass the straight. The effort was truly worth it as we passed the resident seal colony and schools of dolphins. One of the greatest things about the STS Young Endeavour is even though the ship may sway from side to side and youth crew struggle to walk straight without getting knocked into a wall; the ships Chef continues to work hard and impress us with meals made from a kitchen which is smaller than the size of most people’s laundry room. It continues to amaze me how he keeps this quality in these rocky conditions. Not enough praise can be given to the hard work this man puts in keeping everyone happy. Go Haydo!Hi mum and dad I’m still alive, somehow we are already halfway through. See you in six days. Jack. You probably won’t see this but love you to the moon and back mum and dad. Riley. Until next time… Youthies Jack & Riley