Welcome to day nine of our voyage. As promised please find attached Youth Crew Captain Kika’s Captains Log which we didn’t manage to get out last night due to battling strong conditions in Storm Bay. Please enjoy!
Captainâ€™s Log Sunday 5th Feb
We woke up to a beautiful fresh Tassie morning in Port Arthur. A few restless heads were weary eyed obviously still spooked from the previous eveningâ€™s ghost tour of the famously creepy Port Arthur. To clear away the cobwebs the Youthieâ€™s and Crew took to the swing for an early morning swim.
With the start of command day looming the Youth Crew enjoyed the morning off to rest up and save their energy for the big task ahead of them.
At 1300 the Staff Crew treated the crew to their rendition of â€˜Weâ€™re all going on a Summer Holidayâ€™ with such talent that could only equate to a call up for the next season of the XFactor; if that wasnâ€™t enough they then appeared donning the most ridiculous costumes to date. After the laughter had calmed down Captain Gav passed on the command to the Youth Crew and their Captain elect.
Its official, the Youth Crew are now in charge of the ship!
The command started with a riddle to find the instructions for the next 24hrs. Two brave Youthieâ€™s jumped on a kayak and a paddle board to the infamous Isle of the Dead to find the next set of instructions for command day.
To kick off the task list of command day the 16 Youth Crew lay aloft the Yard arms for an impressive group photo and to cast of gaskets in preparation for setting sail. The crew then completed a second item on the list by creating an epic chalk mural of their time on the Young Endeavour at mid-ships.
After indulging digging into a feast created by their fellow crew Master Chefâ€™s, the Youth Crew weighed anchor and set sail for the Derwent River.
The Youth Leaders have already experienced their fair amount of challenges with Mother Nature changing her mind triggering an all hands to tacking stations which wonâ€™t be the last of the night. Just as I am writing this hearts and hands were shaking with a ship passing a little too close for comfort in the night.
We are wet and windswept and having a ball; a long night ahead of that we can be sure; one for the memories.
Currently at anchor at Kingston Beach and enjoying moderate SW winds with nil swell and the temperature is a cool 14 degrees.
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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
Thanks Eliza and Cooper for narrating today's events. The Youth Crew took control of the Ship at 1300 today and will hand it back to Staffies, hopefully in one piece, at 1300 tomorrow! We expect to arrive off Sydney heads at 1000 tomorrow. The Staffies will then pilot the Ship to anchor in Hunters Bay before handing it back to the Youthies until 1300, to enable them to complete outstanding tasks. We will remain anchored overnight. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike