George Bass Surf Boat Marathon
Hi Everyone, This morning was fine with a light and variable north easterly breeze. By 0800 we were located 2nm to the north of Tathra sailing down wind under just the topsail. After discussions with the George Bass Surf Boat Marathon Officials it was agreed that Young Endeavour would position herself just of to the north east of the Tathra Jetty and act as the official start ship for the Tathra ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Pambula leg of the surf boat marathon. The start for this event was staggered with three separate groups starting at 5 minute intervals commencing with the first group at 0845. Much to the enjoyment of a very large spectator fleet Young Endeavour utilised one of her ceremonial cannons to individually start all three groups. With this commitment complete the ship departed Tathra and was quickly brought under a modified sail plan so that we could give the shore bound spectators along the coast a good view of the ship under sail as we completed the 12nm passage to Merimbula. During this passage the Youth Crew completed a good set of rotational tacks then handed in all sail just prior to the ship coming safely to anchor just to the south of the Merimbula Jetty at 1230. Following lunch the Youth Crew were ferried ashore so that they could enjoy a swim and a good leg stretch on the very popular Merimbula Beach. This evening with everyone safely back onboard we enjoyed our first ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½teak deck BBQ’ for the voyage which was followed by a very entertaining session of ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½three way talks’. To complete the day’s activities the Navigator gave a quick presentation on how to keep anchor watches then everyone turned in for a well deserved good nights rest at anchor. Until Tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently at anchor just south of the Merimbula Jetty and experiencing light-moderate NE winds with nil swell.
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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+