Hi Everyone,Welcome to day 35 of our voyage. During the early hours of this morning the weather moderated which was good but we still had a large confused swell to deal with which made sleeping almost impossible. Given these conditions Kenny as Sail Master decided that it was a good idea to give everyone the morning off so that they could try and get some much needed sleep.Â With these improved conditions has come some much needed sunshine which has really lifted everyoneâ€™s spirits because it doesnâ€™t matter how resilient you are you can only go so long being wet and cold and us Aussies need warmth.Â Â This sunshine has given us a chance to bring sleeping bags and other gear up on deck so they can be properly aired out and it also gave us the opportunity to give the ship a good clean.Â Â As has become the norm every couple of days we run a Ships Quiz which is organized by one of the Staff Crew and today it was Jodieâ€™s turn, with today\’s subject being Bogan Trivia, very original Jodie and extremely entertaining. It really is amazing how many games and entertaining things you can find to do during these long passages, which I guess flows into our Captains Log for this evening. Rather than writing a normal log the guys from Ka-bluey Watch have decided to put out their own alphabet about things that happen onboard. Hopefully from reading some of the previous logs you will be able to understand what they are describing.Until tomorrow, take careYours AyeCaptain GavSaturday 24th January â€“ Somewhere in the ocean, close to land ishâ€¦The Alphabet according to the Soggy Salty Southern Sea goers.A â€“ Aaron-cini balls, a new and tasty creation from our Master Chef Double A.B â€“ Bogan trivia, thanks Jodie for testing our knowledge of all things Bogan.C â€“ Cleaning! Most of the crew genuinely now look forward to Happy Hour.D â€“ Double Duff, the term used when announcing that you have had 2 serves of dessert, tonight Matt and Julia admitted proudly to this feat.E â€“ Engines, today we are needing a little assistance to get us across the line.F â€“ Falling over, most of the crew and Staffies have now taken pretty good falls, some caught on camera.G â€“ Gasket, a common aid used when tying someoneâ€™s items left behind aloft.H â€“ Hypothermia, most watches are now fully trained and ready to act should the situation arise.I â€“ Iceberg, just kidding â€“ but is sure feels cold enough to sight one.J â€“ Jumpers, that we need more of and that canâ€™t be referred to as sloppy joes or fluffyâ€™s following our vote the other night.K â€“ Kenny, our very skilled and talented sail master â€“ particularly when it comes to determining sunrise times and bearings.L â€“ Lauren, medic extraordinaire and excellent teacher â€“ must have something to do with her upbringing, Parents you should feel proud.M â€“ Missing laundry items, if anyone has Mattâ€™s socks or Graceâ€™s thermals please send them back to us.N â€“ Navigation, our closet point of land is no longer Antarctica, Ushuaia here we come.O â€“ Optimistic that we will reach the Horn by tomorrow night.P â€“ Panda dolphins, ok thatâ€™s not their scientific names, thatâ€™s their name given to them by Paige.Q â€“ â€˜Quandoâ€™ â€“ Spanish for â€œWhenâ€â€¦ the heck are we getting to Argentina.R â€“ Reece for donating some blood to the topsail, he is ok â€“ itâ€™s just a flesh wound.S â€“ Sun! There has been sun all day, very much enjoyed by all.T â€“ Tango, part of the phonetic alphabet or the dance we will bust out in Buenos Aires.U â€“ Uckers, the tournament is in full swing, a few teams have already been eliminated.V â€“ Vegetables, we are sad to announce that we are now out of vegetables, except for the tinned variety.W â€“ Wear ship, we briefly sailed on a starboard tack and now are down wind sailing.X â€“ â€œXtremeâ€ helming, a term coined after a particularly wet, windy and extremely brutal night watch.Y â€“ YOLO â€“ if you need to look this up, you may be too old to use it.Z â€“ Zzz, oh how we miss theeâ€¦Yours Aye,Kieran, Michelle and Robyn (Ka-bluey)Â
Latitude/Longitude: 55Â° 55' South / 72Â° 51' West
Currently located just under 200nm from Cape Horn and experiencing moderate 15-20kt WNW winds with a 3-4m NW swell. Current temperature is 8 degrees with a wind chill of -2.
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Welcome to Day 10 and the final day of our voyage.
It was a well-rested Youth Crew that mustered on deck for an Early Morning Activity at 0630 this morning. Our anchorage overnight in Cario Bay had proven to be a good one and even though we had some strong winds overnight we held our anchorage position very well. Being the last morning Chef Jarod served up a continental breakfast which meant that we all got to help ourselves to toast, cereals, yogurt and fresh fruit.
A shorter than normal Morning Brief followed, then after a good set of cleaning stations the Youth Crew mustered up on deck then ‘manned the yards’ ready for our entry into Geelong.
At 0940 we weighed anchor then transited the short distance over to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club where we berthed outboard of the Wave Attenuator at 1000 where we were met by some family and friends and a large number of interested people keen to get a close look at the ship.
Once the Youth Crew had departed the ship the Staff set about completing ‘end of voyage checks’ and getting ready for our next voyage.
On a personal note, I would like to thank all of the Youth Crew of Voyage 01/22 for the effort that you have put in throughout this voyage, you are a wonderful group of young Australians and all of the Staff Crew of Young Endeavour have enjoyed sharing this sailing adventure with you and wish you all the very best for the future.
Until next voyage, take care
Photo courtesty of Jane Flowers of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.
Good Evening everyone,
It’s Captain Sophia Mellink reporting in on Day 8 of our voyage, also known as Command Day. From 1000 hours today, Command of STS Young Endeavour has been handed over for a 24hr period to the Youth Crew. Today, we commence our crossing of Bass Strait and endeavour to reach Port Phillip Bay, and Victoria’s infamous “Rip” tomorrow morning. It’s an honour to Captain this vessel towards Geelong and add my name to a long and illustrious list of Youth Crew Captains. The full Youth Crew positions are listed below.
Captain: Sophia Mellink
Sailmaster: Carl Ashworth
Navigator: Sam McVilly
Watch Leader: Niamh Blake
Watch Leader: William Graham
Chef: Alex Wilson
Chef: Stuart Morrow
I’ll now hand over to Kate and Gabby from our Youth Crew for a full account of today’s activities.
Fair winds and calm seas to all our faithful readers,
It’s ya gals Gabby and Kate bringing to you the inside scoop on Command Day.
This morning started just like any other with a rude awakening from Hugh (Jackman). Our worn, tired and waterlogged bodies rolled out of our racks to perform a spirited walk above deck to ‘The Greatest Show’. We quickly moved on to playing the evolution game where Katy Perry was the highest power. Paper, scissors, rock determine the Youthies' and Staffies' fate of either an egg, a chicken, crocosaurus, power ranger or the ultimate ranking of Katy. Shout out to Emma (white watch leader) for carrying the supremes with a solo of ‘Firework”.
Morning brief started off good with a post breaky SAO and a lesson on punishment from the staff production team (Matty is still scared). All leadership positions then attended “Opposites” where Captain, Sail Master, Navigator, Watch Leaders and Chefos discussed classified intel, which cannot be disclosed at this time.
As ten o’clock rolled around the Staffies finally gave up on us and jumped overboard leaving Captain Mellink in charge. Unfortunately the Staffies smuggled their way back on board as they decided the Bass Strait was not the finest location for a morning swim.
First on Capt’n agenda was setting sail and weighing anchor from the Coast of King Island and heading into the notorious Bass Strait. Our Sail Master Carl boasted good vibes for the sailing trip ahead and our Nav Sammy Boy’s wind dance ensured smooth sailing. We can confirm no more spew bags have been thrown overboard.
The afternoon was filled with post-lunch naps and ticking off some of the tasks set by the Staffies. Randy and Sari drew a gorgeous mural of Young Endeavour at midships - hopefully photographic evidence has been taken and will be shared for everyone. Many of the youthies woke to a dolphin sighting announcement, which caused much chaos involving ladders and scones. Dolphins WERE NOT seen.
Chefos Alex and Sam cooked up an amazing meal (I can confirm the best yet, sorry Jarod) of Nacho girlfriend and build a boyfriend burger. Each of us had a nice helping of trivia for dessert, and after much contesting The Best Team (Gabby, Kate, Oli, Randy, Sari and Jo) busted some unique dance moves (aka the bow and arrow) to win.
Hopefully we see Victoria by tomorrow, if not, please tell our mums (Diana and Lynne) we love them and send help when possible.
Signing off for now,
Xoxo Gabby and Kate