Ahoy Shipmates, and welcome to Day 2. After a damp night at anchor, Young Endeavour awoke bright and early (0600) to clearing skies. After a quick breakfast the Youth Crew proceeded aloft one watch at a time, with all successfully making it to the Topsail Yard. We would normally go Top Gallant but we were pressed for time in what would prove to be a very busy day. Once the last of our intrepid adventurers was safely back on deck, we weighed anchor and departed Moreton Bay. On the way out we conducted morning brief, hearing from Sailmaster James, Navigator Jerome, Salty (aka Jordo – our resident expert on the origins of nautical terminology) and myself. Happy hour followed (as described below) and then it was time for lunch. The afternoon saw Captain Safety give a thorough brief on all the ship’s safety equipment, before the Youth Crew commenced setting and furling drills…and the Green Goblin emerged! Late in the afternoon we set a full press of fore and aft sails, then conducted a series of tacks, ensuring the Youth Crew were familiar with their respective responsibilities when tacking (turning) the ship. After a delicious meal from Marcus, we rolled into watches overnight and the introduction of watch on deck responsibilities (helm, lookout and rounds). As I type we are motorsailing south in very pleasant conditions. But enough from me…I’ll let the boys give you their version of events. Until tomorrow…fair winds…Captain Kenny – Sunday 7th:
The day is best summarised with an image of sickly bodies strewn over the deck, and the pleasant sound of retching. This was a challenge which overcame many of the youth crew – although fortunately not your two faithful authors – who powered through the days activities. We woke up to some moderate rainfall and low winds, which remained constant as the day developed into a beautiful sunny afternoon on the water. We were first given the opportunity to climb the rigging, with most of us easily making it up to the topsail yard giving us a nice view of Tangalooma and its wrecks. We were enticed with the idea of a â€˜happy hourâ€™, which we later found out was actually a con for slave labour (cleaning the ship). Once motored out of the bay, the watches took part in deck safety training, and put the sail handling we had learned into practice. Later in the day, after a delicious lunch, the youth crew banded together, and were tested with a series of tacks and wears. Currently, at 6:45, with our bellies full of duck curry and steak, we are making our way down the eastern coast of North Stradbroke island, as we learn to fear the dreaded night watches and all the tiredness and coldness they entail.
Until next time â€“ Jack T and Oscar B!
Wind: E at 11 knots Weather: Overcast with scattered showers Swell: SE at 1.0 m Course: 180 true Speed: 7 knots Location: Off Southport, Gold Coast
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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