Day 9 – Command Day part 2/Final Night On Board
Good evening dear readers, tis the final night onboard for V09/22 currently at anchor off Tangalooma Point, Moreton Island. 9 Days ago 21 youth crew from places various, came together to sail this vessel, have fun and challenge themselves. They have not only done that, but have faced and overcome fears and learnt a lot about themselves and each other.
Tomorrow they will leave with new skills, improved persistence, resilience and adaptability, as well as generally knowing they are more capable than what they probably thought. And of course, having made great new friends – most probably, friends for life. It never gets old for us staff members, as we truly love our work. Please read below the second half of the Youth Crew’s Command Day log.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+
Hola – from where we call home. Our day starts out in full swing under command of youthy crew, with “Under the Sea” blasting on the speakers, waking the crew. All were quickly up and ready for a delicious pancake breakfast (also prepared by the youthy crew!), which gave us new energy after a busy night on watches while tracking to Moreton Island.
Morning brief comes rolling in with a twist, the appointed watch officers quickly filling their new roles on the bridge. Jacinta gave the best navigation speech, Elliot was vocal and vibrant as sailmaster, Matt B and Kate informative as watch officers and Sophie’s Captain speech empowering and motivating for the team.
We lost command of the ship at 10, returning it to the trusted hands of the staffy team and preparation for the day was commenced – starting with a calm siesta. Lunch was served and then all youthies split for debriefs on the big command day activities, narrowing in on their newly learnt leadership and teamwork skills.
Youthies enjoyed a swim alongside the YE at anchor before having a final end of voyage debrief….it’s almost over!! Relaxation after a huge 24 hours was completed with help of a rope swing and beautiful blue water bathed in sunlight. To prepare for arrival at Brisbane all youthies climbed aloft to fix sails and make the boat look its best for disembarking.
Dinner on deck was pizza in a blooming sunset filling the horizon with warm colours and aiding to the lighting of the dance floor on deck. Once darkness fell we ended our final night with a presentation of all our journeys photos, serenading the staff with a youthies song (learnt in our 24 hours on command!) and bright poem to sum up our travels.
Youth crew V09/22 signing off for possibly the last time this voyage! See you on land soon!
Shout out to the best mates I know: Courtney, Steven, Roy, Michael
Written by youthie Zoe Zammit
Photo by: Fishing Noosa