Final Night Of Voyage 05-09
Hi Everyone, Following a well needed sleep, the YC were roused at 0640 this morning in preparation for the half day sail. The Ship was already underway as the Staff Crew had weighed anchor at 0515, negotiated the narrow entrance out of Tangalooma and had shaped a course for the entrance to the Brisbane River. After fighting a strong ebbing tide the ship berthed at Bulimba Barracks Wharf at 0905, discharging the stockpile of garbage which had been accumulated during the voyage, and taking on stores for the half day sail. At 1000 45 guests from the Ipswich Special Needs School, sponsors from Boeing, Flagstone Community College, representatives from the RSL and Staff Crew guests joined YE for the half day sail. The lines were cast off at 1010 and the ship departed her berth, set sail, then commenced our passage down the Brisbane River. Despite the periodic showers the crew of Young Endeavour and her guests enjoyed a perfect sail down under the Gateway Bridge and continued as far as Fisherman Island before wearing ship and making our return journey to Bulimba. Throughout the half day sail, the YC acted as perfect hosts, serving food, refreshments and entertaining our guests with a repertoire of their favourite YE songs. At 1300 we again berthed at Bulimba Wharf were we farewelled a most appreciative and happy group of guests. After embarking stores for the next voyage the Youth Crew spent the rest of the afternoon completing harbour furls and end of voyage talks. After our final dinner for the voyage we conducted a very entertaining ships concert which was followed by the normal YC end of voyage administration tasks. While this was occurring the Staff Crew took the opportunity to conduct our ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½end of voyageï¿½ï¿½ debrief and Ships Safety Meeting. At 1000 tomorrow morning Young Endeavour will return alongside to Bulimba Barracks Wharf were she will berth at 1000 for the last time for this voyage.This ends the first voyage of Young Endeavours 2009 Australian circumnavigation, which for all of us has been a most memorable voyage.Tomorrow when we farewell the Youth Crew we also say goodbye to our Navigator LEUT Jasmine (Jaz) Lauer-Smith who leaves us after serving just over 2 years onboard to take up a new posting at HMAS WATSON. During Jaz’s time onboard she has sailed just over 18,000nm and always kept the ship navigationally safe. She has been a great asset to the ship and will be greatly missed. From all the Staff and the many Youth Crew that have sailed with you Jaz, a huge Thank You!!!!!!Until next voyage, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
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