Ahoy Shipmates…I have resumed Command after a very successful if at times challenging Command Day. While I get back into work mode, I’ll let Captain Olive (Popeye to her shipmates) fill you in. Fair winds…Captain Kenny.
DAY 9 Command Day Pt 2.
Well, what a whirlwind of 24 hours it has been. To say the least, the whole of the youth crew are incredibly tired, and some much needed sleep will be taking place tonight. As mentioned by Annie yesterday, we continued to complete a set of command day tasks, consisting of; navigation, housekeeping and also fun team building activities. Our night consisted of purely sailing, and with the watches mixed for command day, it was a continuous challenge working with new people. Of course, it wouldnâ€™t be a command day without a few hiccups… The wind direction was constantly changing and varying in intensity which required a lot of course alterations throughout the night and, sleeping youthies were woken in order to tack/ware the ship. I am pleased to say that throughout the night, the youthies morale and patience was amazing, and made a massive difference to the day as a whole. Morning brief allowed the youthies to introduce a few new faces including, â€˜Salty the Sea Dogâ€™sâ€™ long lost relative â€˜Pepperyâ€™. After arriving at our final navigation challenge destination; Sydney Harbour, it was time for the fun, team building challenges; including building a rope hammock that held the whole youth crew, a chalk mural of our voyage so far on the decks of the ship, and a full youth crew climb aloft, resulting in an epic group photo on the yards! After all the fun, challenges and excitement of running a tall ship for 24 hours, it was time for the handover back to Capitan Kenny, a marker of our achievements for all us youthies. With some downtime for resting and recuperating, a quick shore visit took place to Double Bay which ended up with most of the youthies going for a celebratory swim and most importantly multiple scoops of ice-cream. Back on board, and bellies full with a wonderful dinner (shoutout again to Zac), the staffies treated us to SODS (Ships Operatic Department Show) where the conclusion to Salty the Sea Dogâ€™s voyage long tale came to an blockbuster end. Followed by some youthies singing, interpretive dance, acting and a poem, the whole crew, both staff and youth took part in singing Vance Joyâ€™s â€˜Riptideâ€™ accompanied by Mattâ€™s ukulele, a joyous rendition to say the least. To top off an already exciting day, it was chefs Zacâ€™s birthday! To celebrate, cake was cut and more songs were sung, a great way to celebrate a great day. Now anchored in Sydney Harbour, the youthies are looking forward to 1 hour night anchor watches in an attempt to catch up on some sleep. We are all looking forward to spending Australia Day in the harbour tomorrow, it should be good fun. Olive Sferrazza (White Watch)
Youth Captain Olive
Wind: NE at 9 knots Weather: Fine Location: At anchor Double 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