Situation at 21:00 – Voyage 16/03 commenced today at 16:00 when YOUNG ENDEAVOUR departed Dockside marina with a full complement of twenty-four YouthCrew embarked. An hour later the Ship berthed at Bulimba and the program started off. The Youth Crew completed ‘Icebreakers’ and the Ship’s tour before enjoying their first meal onboard. After supper,Captain John and Executive Officer Paige delivered their welcome aboard talks, outlining the program and some of the rules to be followed during the voyage.The next order of business was the safety aloft briefing. XO Paige described the proper method of wearing the fall arrest harness and how the climbing system is used when working aloft. The Youth Crew have completed their first climb aloft. This saw them go up the port ratlines and over the lower top, returning on deck by thestarboard ratlines. All hands were successful in this first challenge of the voyage, and are now enjoying a hot mug of Kye and birthday cake. Many happy returns Evan.Overnight the Youth Crew will complete their second climb, this time to the T’Gallant yardarm. Each watch will also complete thefull value contract agreeing to a standard of conduct and participation during the voyage.The Staff Crew for this voyage consists of Captain John, XO Paige, Navigator Phil, Watch Officer Kirstan, White Watch LeaderShez, Red Watch Leader Jarrod, Blue Watch Leader Lisa, Engineer Simon, and Chef Ben.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Staff Crew are all serving members of the Royal Australian Navy chosen for a posting to YOUNGENDEAVOUR because of their ability to work well with and relate to young Australians. They come from all categories and specialisations within the Navy and can expect to return to the Fleet upon completionof their posting. A posting to YOUNG ENDEAVOUR is considered a viable and legitimate step in a Sailor’s career progression.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: T’Gallant yard- In a Brigantine such as YOUNG ENDEAVOUR, the upper most yard from which a square sailis carried. It sits above the Topsail and Course yards. Yardarm- the outer portion of a yard.Thought of the Day: Courage is an inner resolution to go forward in spite of obstacles and frightening situations. We mustconstantly build dykes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.Martin Luther King Jr.Yours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RAN
Alongside the RAN Wharf at Bulimba in the Brisbane River. Wind: light airs, Cloud: 2/8, Temp 15c.
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