Situation at 20:00- Overnight the Youth Crew completed the ‘Bear’ exercise which challenges them to complete a relatively complex task in a smallgroup. Some valuable lessons in teamwork, tolerance and effective communications were learnt.At morning brief, Salty Sea Dog Lukish described the nautical origins of the pharse ‘Hijack’. All hands had a good laugh at the animated way it was acted out. Engineer Rags made another good harvest for the scran bag, which soon had those guilty of leaving gear sculling singing for their items. Happy Hour today was a specialevent-deck day, and XO Chooka was very impressed with the results. Chef Stony prepared some magnificant cream buns for morning tea. Before long there was cream dribbling down chins fore and aft. XOChooka led the Youth Crew in yet another round of rope races. This is a series of competative learning sessions used to improve Ship knowledge and nautical terminology. After lunch the watches turned to for setting and furling drills. The aim was to allow the Youth Crew to take charge of sailhandling in preparation for command day. The drills lasted all afternoon and saw everyone get an opportunity to take charge ofsetting or furling the sails. Captain John has assessed each watch as able to safely and efficiently handle sail and ready for command day. The Youth Crew have worked hard to learn an immence amount of detail in the short time they have been onboard, but they are an enthusiastic group who have risen to the challenge.Overnight the watches will conduct their mid-voyage talks. The watch leaders will coordinate this activity whose purpose is tofind out how the Youth Crew see the voyage is unfolding and listen to any suggestions for improvement they may have. YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: Since 1988 over 6,000 young Australians have become part of the Youth Crew. They have experiencedvoyages lasting from 5 days to 3 months. In that time YOUNG ENDEAVOUR has sailed around the world and visited every continent exceptAntarctica.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Bend- To bend something on is to tie or fasten it. To bend on a sheet is to fasten it to its sail, tobend on a sail is to fasten it to its spar, mast or stay. Mainsail-The largest fore-and-aft sail carried in a vessel. Also called aspanker. Thought of the Day: It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. MarkTwain. Yours, Aye John CowanLCDR, RAN HEY EVERYONE,HAVING SO MUCH FUN. LEARNING LOTS. WEATHER HAS BEEN GREAT, NOT MUCH WIND THOUGH. FOOD IS GREAT SO MUCH OF IT. THANKS STONII. MORNING WATCHES ARE THE KILLERS. SEE YOU WHEN I GET HOME BYE BYEKRYSTAL, GOLD COAST GDAY EVERYONE,ESPECIALLY KYLIEWHAT AN AMAZING 5 DAYS THE VOYAGE HAS BEEN THUS FAR. CERTAIN SKILLS AND CHALLENGES HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED, BUT HAVE HELD NO EASYATTACHMENTS TO THEM.FROM LEARNING AND THINKING THROUGH TASKS EACH DAY, KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED AND EXITED TO LEARN.I AM HAVING AN EXCELLENT TIME, MY CREW MATES AND STAFF ARE GREAT, WHICH INTURN MAKES THE VOYAGE ENJOYABLE AND MOST IMPORTATELY FUN.PETER, MELBOURNE SEASICKNESS, BRUISED LEGS AND LATE NIGHT SHIFTS HAVE ONLY ADDED TO THE CONTINUAL ENJOYMENT I AM CONSTANTLY ENGAGING IN ON THE YOUNG ENDEAVOUR. THE VOYAGE SO FAR HAS BEEN MORE THAN I EVER ANTICIPATED AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT IT CAN ONLY BECOME BETTER. THE LAUGHTER AND TEAM WORK HAVE BEEN THE MAIN INGREDIENTS FOR ALLOWING THIS VOYAGE TOBE WHAT IT IS, AND WITH ALL THE NEW FOUND KNOWLEDGE I HAVE GAINED, I KNOW I CAN BECOME A BETTER PERSON. GDAY TO EVERYONE I KNOW THAT IS READING THIS AND ON BEHALF OF THE’REDDIES’, JANE WANTS TO SAY HI TO EVERYONE SHE KNOWS, ‘MORGS’ SENDS OUT A HELLO TO HIS MUM, AND STEVE WANTS HIS DOG TO KNOW HE WILL BE HOME SOON.GOTTA GO SET SOME SAILS NOW’CAPT CASS’ – CASSIDY, BRISBANE
Latitude/Longitude: 22Â° 20' South / 151Â° 17' East
At sea under eight sails. Course: North, Wind: East at 5 kts, Cloud: 0/8,Temp:23c.
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Welcome to Day 10 and the final day of our voyage.
It was a well-rested Youth Crew that mustered on deck for an Early Morning Activity at 0630 this morning. Our anchorage overnight in Cario Bay had proven to be a good one and even though we had some strong winds overnight we held our anchorage position very well. Being the last morning Chef Jarod served up a continental breakfast which meant that we all got to help ourselves to toast, cereals, yogurt and fresh fruit.
A shorter than normal Morning Brief followed, then after a good set of cleaning stations the Youth Crew mustered up on deck then ‘manned the yards’ ready for our entry into Geelong.
At 0940 we weighed anchor then transited the short distance over to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club where we berthed outboard of the Wave Attenuator at 1000 where we were met by some family and friends and a large number of interested people keen to get a close look at the ship.
Once the Youth Crew had departed the ship the Staff set about completing ‘end of voyage checks’ and getting ready for our next voyage.
On a personal note, I would like to thank all of the Youth Crew of Voyage 01/22 for the effort that you have put in throughout this voyage, you are a wonderful group of young Australians and all of the Staff Crew of Young Endeavour have enjoyed sharing this sailing adventure with you and wish you all the very best for the future.
Until next voyage, take care
Photo courtesty of Jane Flowers of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.
Good Evening everyone,
It’s Captain Sophia Mellink reporting in on Day 8 of our voyage, also known as Command Day. From 1000 hours today, Command of STS Young Endeavour has been handed over for a 24hr period to the Youth Crew. Today, we commence our crossing of Bass Strait and endeavour to reach Port Phillip Bay, and Victoria’s infamous “Rip” tomorrow morning. It’s an honour to Captain this vessel towards Geelong and add my name to a long and illustrious list of Youth Crew Captains. The full Youth Crew positions are listed below.
Captain: Sophia Mellink
Sailmaster: Carl Ashworth
Navigator: Sam McVilly
Watch Leader: Niamh Blake
Watch Leader: William Graham
Chef: Alex Wilson
Chef: Stuart Morrow
I’ll now hand over to Kate and Gabby from our Youth Crew for a full account of today’s activities.
Fair winds and calm seas to all our faithful readers,
It’s ya gals Gabby and Kate bringing to you the inside scoop on Command Day.
This morning started just like any other with a rude awakening from Hugh (Jackman). Our worn, tired and waterlogged bodies rolled out of our racks to perform a spirited walk above deck to ‘The Greatest Show’. We quickly moved on to playing the evolution game where Katy Perry was the highest power. Paper, scissors, rock determine the Youthies' and Staffies' fate of either an egg, a chicken, crocosaurus, power ranger or the ultimate ranking of Katy. Shout out to Emma (white watch leader) for carrying the supremes with a solo of ‘Firework”.
Morning brief started off good with a post breaky SAO and a lesson on punishment from the staff production team (Matty is still scared). All leadership positions then attended “Opposites” where Captain, Sail Master, Navigator, Watch Leaders and Chefos discussed classified intel, which cannot be disclosed at this time.
As ten o’clock rolled around the Staffies finally gave up on us and jumped overboard leaving Captain Mellink in charge. Unfortunately the Staffies smuggled their way back on board as they decided the Bass Strait was not the finest location for a morning swim.
First on Capt’n agenda was setting sail and weighing anchor from the Coast of King Island and heading into the notorious Bass Strait. Our Sail Master Carl boasted good vibes for the sailing trip ahead and our Nav Sammy Boy’s wind dance ensured smooth sailing. We can confirm no more spew bags have been thrown overboard.
The afternoon was filled with post-lunch naps and ticking off some of the tasks set by the Staffies. Randy and Sari drew a gorgeous mural of Young Endeavour at midships - hopefully photographic evidence has been taken and will be shared for everyone. Many of the youthies woke to a dolphin sighting announcement, which caused much chaos involving ladders and scones. Dolphins WERE NOT seen.
Chefos Alex and Sam cooked up an amazing meal (I can confirm the best yet, sorry Jarod) of Nacho girlfriend and build a boyfriend burger. Each of us had a nice helping of trivia for dessert, and after much contesting The Best Team (Gabby, Kate, Oli, Randy, Sari and Jo) busted some unique dance moves (aka the bow and arrow) to win.
Hopefully we see Victoria by tomorrow, if not, please tell our mums (Diana and Lynne) we love them and send help when possible.
Signing off for now,
Xoxo Gabby and Kate