Hi Everyone, Welcome to day 7 of our voyage. Over the past six nights you have the opportunity to read my Captains log so I thought that it was about time that I had a night off and let the Youth Crew write the log for this evening so that you can hear first hand what their day has entailed. Please find attached tonightâ€™s log wonderfully written by Bridget, Nat and Cass. Until tomorrow, take care Yours Aye Captain Gav PS. Total distance travelled at 2000 this evening was 906.1nm YOUTH CREWS CAPTAINâ€™S LOG VOYAGE 14/14 Ahoy me hearties, Youthies Bridget, Nat and Cass checking in at 1700 hours today from off the coast of Newcastle on Day 7 of our voyage. All three watches sailed well overnight, averaging a speed of 6.65kts and covering a total distance of 79.8nm (147kms). Leaving Port Macquarie this morning, the Young Endeavour travelled gently along the coast in good weather conditions.White watch were greeted this morning by a pod of dolphins at sunrise and Blue watch saw a cheeky appearance from a whale during the forenoon watch, while atop the topgallant yard.This morningâ€™s antics began with Saltyâ€™s entourage displaying an enthralling and educational show, teaching his young sailors the origins of the term â€˜hi jackâ€™. We had an encore appearance from our beloved Nana, who again entertained and perhaps petrified a few of the youth crew with misplaced items from their bunks. To show our gratitude toward Nanaâ€™s gracious cleaning abilities we learnt and performed her favourite sailing song.The youth crew put their knowledge of sailing into practice as they did a rotational tack of the jib, the fore staysail, the main staysail, and the main sail. With such fine tacking displayed, the youthies were rewarded with nachos! After indulging in a midday siesta, Blue, Red and White watch returned to midships for a battle of Sumoâ€™s â€˜Rope Racesâ€™. Today, this involved a team challenge where each watch had to eat an apple out of a bucket, and Red Watch made the speediest time. At 1530 hours the Youth Crew watched a video by Dr Karl explaining the basics of navigating using a sextant, an apparatus which allows ships to navigate using the stars as points of contact. Sunset was spent utilising the sextant, as we watched the sun set over Newcastle. As we are running ahead of schedule, tomorrow, we are anchoring at Patonga Beach, Broken Bay, where we are going to have a go of the shipâ€™s rope swing and look around at the entrance to the beautiful Hawkesbury River. It will be strange to be back on land, our sea legs will be tested. Until next time, Yours aye, Cass (Muswellbrook, NSW), Nat (Rockhampton, QLD) and Bridget (Wagga Wagga, NSW)
Currently located 8nm to the NE of Broken Bay and experiencing light NE-NW winds with a 1.5m SE swell. Current temperature is 13 degrees.
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Ahoy dear readers, Day 2 of our voyage began at anchor in Hunters Bay, Sydney today. Sailmaster Evan woke us all up for a 0600 Early Morning Activity on deck and Jarod knocked up some delicious breakie and then we all met again at 0800 to sing the National Anthem as part of our (the Royal Australian Navy's) traditional Colours ceremony, where we hoisted our colours (Australian National Flag and the Australian White Ensign). The plan for the day was then hatched before youth crew were introduced to their safety harnesses. Matty our survival and safety equipment expert, taught them all about: donning said harness, conducting buddy checks and the process for laying aloft. Then it was time, ladies and gents, for our young sea puppies to lay aloft for the very first time. And up the foremast they went, aiming for the topgallant yard and out transversely. Not everyone made it to the top however, but I was a very proud Captain regardless. They all pushed themselves hard to go a little further and then another little push, before laying below. Well done shipmates, it's a very difficult challenge and you gave it a good old crack. Back below deck lunch was demolished and then Matty gave them a more thorough safety equipment briefing before weighing anchor at 1450. Sail handling was drilled within Hunters Bay, with setting and furling of the forestaysail and the mainstaysail. Then, when deemed competent, the jib and mainsail were set and we departed Sydney Harbour and out we went into a lumpy Tasman Sea with a 2m southerly swell. Of course there were some green faces folks, but that's how it goes... and the fish were happy :) Impressively, they cracked on setting the topsail and topgallant as we turned to port, shaping a course to the north east. After dinner, Youth Crew turned-to sea watches involving a 4 hour shift of watch-on-deck duties: helming, lookout and rounds responsibilities, while the other watches slept. Anyway, it was a fantastic day... well done Youth Crew. Until tomorrow night, goodnight and sleep tight everybody.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+
Ahoy there shipmates, landlubbers and armchair sailors, it was wonderful to meet the lovely youth crew of Voyage 09/22 today alongside Sub Base Platypus in Neutral Bay, Sydney comprising 21 youth, from NSW, ACT, QLD and NT.
They arrived at 1430 with a few family members in tow, who came to inspect the ship and the staff crew, and to farewell their loved ones for the next 10 days. We were honoured and privileged to witness Gene from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council conduct Welcome to Country and a Smoking Ceremony to cleanse the crew and the ship.
I then welcomed Youth Crew and guests, and introduced my skilled and experienced staff crew, as follows: Sail Master – Evan. Navigator – Emma. Watch Officer – Charlie. White Watch Leader – Matty. Red Watch Leader – TJ. Blue Watch Leader - Shaun. Assistant Blue Watch Leader - Ash. Chef – Jarod. Engineer - Hoppy. We then farewelled family and friends, conducted a snappy safety brief and slipped out into Port Jackson. After a beautiful mini harbour cruise, we came to anchor in Hunters Bay as Watch Leaders kicked off the program with ice breakers and ships' tours.
A lovely dinner was served, then the Youth Crew were mustered at midships, where Hoppy spoke of water and plumbing and ships husbandry. Evan spoke to them about youth crew responsibilities and a few ‘guidelines’ to ensure communal harmony and unconditional positive regard for all. We are an intergalactic good vibes only zone, don't you know!
Then I spoke to them about wht to expect over the next 10 days and ways to ensure maximum involvement in the program. Simply, to ‘get amongst it’, was the key. Youth crew then split into their watches again and began their seamanship training, consisting of line handling, safety and general principles, and negotiated Full Value Contracts for the voyage.
It's going to be a big day tomorrow, and so our young sea-puppies turned in for a well deserved sleep. Intention is to remain at anchor overnight, conducting first climbs in the forenoon and departing Sydney Harbour after lunch. The adventure has begun... I wonder where we'll be this time tomorrow night?