Upon entry to port the yards were manned with the Youth Crew: Blueys on the Topgallant, Whities on the Topsail and Reddies on the Course, as Young Endeavour sailed up Cairns Harbour to meet friends and family on the wharf at 1000.At a gathering at midships on arrival, I presented the crew with Voyage Certificates and in recognition of the Tall Ship sailor who most embodied the spirit of the ship, I presented the Order of Australia Emblem to Dan Crichton, 16, of Miriwinni, Qld. Well done, Dan. Your efforts were appreciated by all of the crew and you played a huge role in the success of the voyage.Our next Voyage in our Circumnavigation of Australia will be from Cairns to Weipa. We will sail up the Queensland coast and across the most northerly point in Australia, Cape York, and then down into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Speak to you on Monday.Stay tunedAndrew Davis
CO's LOG Thursday 17 May 01 : V8 endsCurrent situation at 1100. At Cairns, Trinity Wharf No. 3. Our Voyage from Townsville to Cairns has been successfully completed and the Youth crew are now heading home.
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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+