Heading For Harvey Bay
Hi Everyone, Following a good nights sleep the crew of Young Endeavour were on deck bright and early this morning (0630) for an early morning activity. On completion of breakfast and the normal morning domestic duties the Youth Crew were ferried ashore to the picturesque lagoon at Lady Musgrave Island were they took the opportunity to snorkel with an abundance of marine life and explore the fringing reef. This time ashore also provided the Watch Leaders with the opportunity to sit down with their respective watches and complete mid-voyage talks. By late afternoon we had ferried everyone back onboard and following another set of rope races all watches were given the opportunity to climb aloft to view another spectacular sunset. At 1815 it was all hands on deck so that preparations could be made for our departure and at 1840 YE weighed anchor and departed Lady Musgrave Island. On reaching open water we set fore and aft sails and YE shaped a new course for Harvey Bay. During the night watches tonight the YC will complete the Apples and Onions exercise (communications exercise) and continued to consolidate their sailing and navigation skills in preparation for the fast approaching Command Day.At the moment we are 10nm to the south west of Lady Musgrave Island motor sailing due to very light winds. If the forecaster has got it right the wind should start to freshen later this evening and we should be able to shut down engines and once again enjoy a good night’s sail as we head into Harvey BayUntil tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently 10nm to the SW of Lady Musgrave Island and experiencing very light 4-6kt NW winds with a .5m 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+