PAST 24 HOURS23 YOUNG AUSTRALIANS JOINED THE SHIP IN HOBART FOR THEIR MAGNIFICENT ADVENTURE UNDER SAIL. FAMILY AND FRIENDS WERE ON THE WHARF TO BID FAREWELL TO OUR YOUNG ADVENTURERS ON A GLORIOUS TASMANIAN DAY. THEN IT WAS TIME TO DEPART THE WHARF, PROCEED TO A NEARBY ANCHORAGE AND GET INTO THE PROGRAM. STARTING WITH SOME INTRODUCTIONS AND SOME ICE BREAKERS, OUR NEW TEAM BEGAN TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER, THE STAFF ANDTHE SHIP.FIRSTLY TO INTRODUCE THE STAFF TEAM FOR THIS VOYAGE:DION: AS ACTING COMMANDING OFFICERHIBBO: AS EXECUTIVE OFFICERHECTOR: AS NAVIGATORGEORGIE: AS WATCH OFFICERSPEEDY: AS CHEFHORTO: AS ENGINEERRACHEL: AS WHITE WATCH LEADEREDDIE: AS BLUE WATCH LEADERDUTCHY: AS RED WATCH LEADEROVER THIS FIRST NIGHT AND INTO THIS MORNING THE NORMAL PROGRAM WAS CONDUCTED. THAT OF SOME CLIMBS . . . TO THE TOP OF THE MAST, ALONG WITH SOME KNOT TYING AND TEAM WORK EXERCISES. ALL YOUTH CREW WERE ENTHUSIASTIC TOWARDS THE CHALLENGES THROWN AT THEM ON THIS FIRST DAY. THIS COUPLED WITH OUR PROPOSED PROGRAM HAVE THE MAKINGS OF AN AMAZING VOYAGE.EARLY THIS MORNING PRIOR TO GETTING UNDERWAY WE GAINED OUR FINAL YOUTH CREW MEMBER. OUR TEAM WAS NOW COMPLETE, AND WE WERE OFF. AFTER CAPTAIN SAFETY HAD GIVEN SOME VALUABLE ADVICE ON THE SAFETY EQUIPMENT HELD ON BOARD, IT WAS INTO WORKING WITH SOME LINES AND LEARNING ABOUT THE SAILS. THE WIND IS FROM THE SOUTH AT 12 KNOTS AND IS FORECAST TO STRENGTHEN.GOING INTO LUNCH, THE WEATHER IS GLORIOUS, THE SCENERY SPECTACULAR AND ALL YOUTH CREW APPEAR TO BE IN HIGH SPIRITS.NAUTICAL TERM OF THE DAYANCHOR: TECHNICALLY, AN ANCHOR IS A DEVICE FOR AIDING IN HOLDING A SHIP IN A PARTICULAR PLACE. METAPHORICALLY, ANY RELIABLE SUPPORT OR BASE IS CONSIDERED TO BE AN ANCHOR . . (BASE OF STRENGTH, SYMBOL OF HOPE)YOURS AYEDION CURTISLIEUTENANT, RANCAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR
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STS Young Endeavour is, by the definition and origin of her name, about Aussie youths trying hard to achieve something difficult. This voyage certainly provided that... and then some. A challenging experience from all angles and areas. Yet the Youth Crew prevailed and found success. They should therefore be justifiably proud of themselves for persevering, seeing the silver lining and never wavering in their mission to have a great adventure. I am very proud of all of them and I'm sure you are too!
9 Days ago 23 Youth Crew from all over Australia, 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.
They 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.
Fair winds and following seas.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+