Well, dear readers, you wouldnâ€™t believe it, but weâ€™re suddenly at day 8 and Command day.
Where has the time gone? Iâ€™m glad you asked. You see, time disappears into the exotic matter of quantum foam and is accessible through cosmic shortcuts we call wormholesâ€¦ but more about that later.
This morning we awoke at 0630 to a great, day starter called â€˜knights, mounts and cavaliersâ€™, then we ate a nice big, bbq breaky, right up on deck with lovely Dunk Island in the background. Morning brief was a bit of an epic, with Salty going overboard on his role as nautical linguist, laying down stories on the origin of â€˜letting the cat out of the bagâ€™ and â€˜not enough room to swing a catâ€™. Goodness me! That segment of his is getting bigger and bigger!!
Anyways, let me cut to the chase â€¦ a period of one-on-one time between elected youthies and their staff opposites took place after happy hour, for some last minutes tips and guidance, then we ate lunch. Finally, at 1300 we handed over the keys of the ship and the telescope of challenge, along with a Command Day Task List, and off we went for a jolly, holiday swim.
Well, thatâ€™s it from me as I have no idea whatâ€™s been happening since â€¦ Iâ€™ve been in a wormhole eating a nice big, bbq breaky all afternoon. Here is Captain Liam for his continuation of our log.
Ahoy land dwellers,
Soâ€¦Today is the day. We have successfully committed mutiny against the staffies. It didnâ€™t require any cutlasses, muskets or cannons. In fact at 1300 they sang a merry sea shanty that contained lyrics along the lines of â€œWeâ€™re going on a holiday, weâ€™re going on a holiday.â€ Following this they handed me the Captains Hat, telescope and a list of instructions, smiling merrily as they jumped off the bow.
With the power of the ship ours the youthies led by a team, democratically elected the night before, which contained Seb, Bonnie, Lou(Watch Leaders), Jess (Navigator), JJ (Sailmaster) and Liam (Captain), prepared to set sail on the open seas. We also mustnâ€™t forget the expert chefs; Grace, Byron and Nathaniel. Way better than Jenko 😉
Our first act as a command teamâ€¦ was to follow the instructions. Yeah I know, but the staffies are pretty excellent at their job. They left us a list of tasks. Some to make sure the ship ran well, other s to make sure we had fun and learnt something.
The task we ticked off first was to ensure we had proof we had taken over the ship, with an extremely attractive shot of everyone on the fore mast yards. Once this was completed, we sent a landing party to Mound Island to recover our navigation instructions. The staffies had taken the motor off the tender but we still managed to make ground with people and paddle. Since we couldnâ€™t weigh anchor until we had retrieved our shore party, the remaining crew decided to relax in a hammock carefully made by themâ€¦that could hold all the youthiesâ€¦and 2 really heavy staffies. 😉
We have since departed Dunk Island toward Fitzroy Island with the guidance of our prisonersâ€¦I mean, staffies, and after a delicious Mexican themed meal we are hoping to set the square sails and arrive at the island by 1000 at the latest.
P.S. We actually think Jenko is the best and Hortoâ€™s okay I guess 😉
Love to the Korrel clan and the cat
Howdy Eldridge fam, having a cracker of a time â€“ Eve ïŠ
Shout out to the fam and my #1 fan McGellis, loving the warm weather. Much Love – Henry
To the Browns, having time of my life, no I will not wake up at home as early as I do on the ship. Liam
Fine. Wind: none :( Swell: Nil Temp: 23
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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