Ahoy shipmatesâ€¦Day 3, Jervis Bay. The gents have very eloquently covered the dayâ€™s events below, so Iâ€™ll give you the basicsâ€¦after a pleasant sail (not all would agree) down the coast in moderate conditions, we entered the sheltered waters of the beautiful Jervis Bay around 0830 this morning. The day was then filled with sail handling, rotational tacks, coming to anchor off Bristol Point, lunch, happy hour, rope races, rope swing and swimming off the ship (brisk!), a shore excursion, teak deck bbq, three way talks and anchor watchesâ€¦just a few things going on! Tomorrow we depart for our transit north, heading for Broken Bay to shelter from some nasty weather coming our wayâ€¦we will be tucked away at anchor by the time it arrives. Thatâ€™s it from me, Iâ€™ll hand you over to the boysâ€¦until tomorrow, fair winds, Captain Kenny———–
Captainâ€™s log, May 26th, 2021. 17:41.
What started off as a flawless gathering of like-minded mutineers bent on wrestling control of the ship from its oppressive staffâ€¦ Turned out to be the complete opposite. Weâ€™ve had a rather fun, though certainly challenging day.
At the start of our past 24 hours, the young crew of the STS Young Endeavour faced a daunting challenge â€“ to overcome their sea sickness woes. Red Watch, the first watch to go up in the morning, had only two of its five personnel able to perform tasks due to this. However, Red Watch successfully climbed the main mast and cast loose the gaskets. It was certainly difficult and daunting (particularly as it was pitch black), though this is not to say it was not rewarding. The essence of such trials and tribulations are the feelings of triumph and success that will undoubtedly follow â€“ and that is how we felt.
White Watch followed, who also had their fair share of illness. However, they successfully managed to set the topsail despite the sickness ravaging their bodies. It took over 1 hour, and it was tough, but white watch was tougher. A rewarding experience and something we would willingly partake in again.
Besides the trials of the early morning, the crew pulled together well and successfully sailed the ship into Jervis Bay. Immediately, those once incapacitated by their sea sickness were jubilant and in awe of the sights before us â€“ a large bay triple the size of Darling Harbor. And supposedly, the locale from which Around The Twist was recorded! We first practiced on our sailing drills, swapping out roles so that we ensured that each watch team had a functional understanding of what each watchâ€™s role on the ship is â€“ this is a training vessel, after all.
After this, the fun and games commenced! While still aboard the ship, we partook in several activities. Chief amongst these were a safety quiz, where one member from each watch would compete to secure their team a point by touching the relevant safety item; and swinging or diving off the ship into the crystal water of the bay.
Though without a doubt, the most pleasurable experience was when we went ashore. Both because we finally got to set food on dry land, and also because Red Watch came out as the undisputed champions of the infamous tug of war â€“ hereâ€™s to you T.J!
All-in-all, these days have been challenging and there are many more to come. However, we are all pleased with the progress we are making and thankful that we have such capable staff. Hereâ€™s to further days of adventure, with whatever trials those bring!
I am having an awesome time, donâ€™t worry about me and I will see you on the 3rd,
Authored by Bailey Myers and Pavle Kobilarov
Wind: W at 15 knots Weather: Fine and cool Sea: Calm Location: At anchor off Bristol Point/Hole in the Wall (Jervis Bay)
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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