Hi Everyone, YOUNG ENDEAVOUR weighed anchor at 0615 this morning and proceeded under motor to Mackay. During this passage it became very obvious that the conditions would not be suitable for a half day sail but rather than disappoint both our guests and the Youth Crew by cancelling the day I decided to embark our guests and host the activity alongside. The Ship berthed at the Mackay Marina at 0905 where we off loaded 10 days of garbage then embarked some fresh provisions. At 1000 we welcomed twenty five guests onboard, including disabled and disadvantaged children from the Lifestyle Choice program. During the 2 hours that followed the Youth Crew did a fantastic job of keeping our guests entertained with numerous activities. These included, ships tours, a set of rope races, trips around the marina in the ships boat and of course a repertoire of there favourite Young Endeavour songs. At 1200 we farewelled our guests then set about completing harbour furls and end of voyage talks. This evening we enjoyed our last ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½teak deck BBQ’ for the voyage which was followed by an upper deck photographic slide show, which allowed us to reflect on the great times we have had over the past 10 days (thanks Sam & Ellie for putting this slide show together) . On completion we cast off lines, departed our berth and proceeded out to our overnight anchorage at Slade Island. Once at anchor the Youth Crew completed ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½end of voyage’ questionnaires and letters to themselves, which will be returned to them in 6 months time.Tomorrow morning we will depart our anchorage and berth alongside the Mackay Marina at 1000 for the final time for this voyage. Once alongside we will invite family and guests onboard for a tour of the ship then I will conduct a brief ceremony and award Certificates of Achievement to all of the Youth Crew of Voyage 11/10. On completion we will say our emotional farewells. This is the final Captains Log for this voyage. Young Endeavour will remain alongside in Mackay until Monday 12 July when we will embark our new Youth Crew for Voyage 12/10 which is from Mackay ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Airlie Beach.On a personnel note, I would like to thank all of the Youth Crew of Voyage 11/10 for the effort that you put in throughout this voyage. You are an amazing group of young Australians and I have thoroughly enjoyed spending the past 10 days with each and every one of you. Until next voyage, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently at anchor at Slate Island and experiencing moderate E-SE winds with a 1m swell.
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