Ahoy there Shipmates,Â After a restful night at anchor at Rye, the crew were woken by Sail Master Pau at 0700 and mustered on deck for an early morning game to get the mind and body going. We then dined on another of Lukeâ€™s delicious breakfasts before the morning brief, during which â€˜Saltyâ€™ explained, through the fine acting skills of the Staffies, the origin of the expression â€˜Hijackedâ€™. Happy hour followed before the big moment arrived.Â At 0930 my Staff Crew and I got dressed-up in our best boardies and conducted the handover ceremony at which I handed Young Endeavour over to Captain Bobby and his able-bodied crew to use for Command Day to achieve their tasks and most importantly to have fun!Â Until tomorrow at 1000 when the adventure of Command Day draws to a close!Â Yours AyeÂ Captain MikeÂ ——————————————————————————————-Â At 1000 hrs the STS Young Endeavour was officially handed to the youth sailing team. The team was handed an envelope containing their tasks, as well as the Captainâ€™s Hat and a Spy Glass, a symbolic gesture that Control of the Ship has been handed to the youth crew. An interesting story about the Spy Glass is that it was given with the Ship as a gift for the Bicentennial celebration of Australia. Inside the envelope was a set of instructions and activities to fill the day.Â The crew eagerly set out on the different tasks. Some tasks completed were Operation PR Young Endeavour PR Beach Assault, decorating the midship with a beautiful mural, some polished the brass on the Ship, others created a hammock that supported the whole youth crew and the most memorable event of the day when everyone ascended the Foremast and conquered any fear of heights for a group photo aloft. A special play was also presented how the Staffies won the trivia competition on the previous day.Â A spectacular lunch and dinner were served hot and on time for the entire crew. Luke the Shipâ€™s Staff Chef may have mentioned that â€˜it was the best Command Day meals yet.â€™Â We set off and weighed anchor at 1830 and got to the open bay area at about 1930. Many crew members have risen to the challenge and a notable mention must be made to (Hats) Jack Hatten. We are about to set the mainsail and jib and are speeding off to a great adventure and a valuable, yet memorable learning experience for the whole crew.Â [Fair Winds and following Seas]Â Yours sincerelyÂ Youth Crew elected and acting Captain Bobby V
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