Hi Everyone,Welcome to Day 2 of the voyage. Firstly the good news is that everyone successfully managed to make it to the topgallant yard last night and given the poor weather conditions this really was a major achievement.Today’s program started early with an Early Morning Activity (EMA) at 0630 followed by a huge breakfast. At 0800 the Youth Crew were mustered on the bridge and introduced to the ceremony of colours (raise flags and sing National Anthem) then turned to at their first set of cleaning stations (happy hour). Once the Ship was spotlessly clean they were again mustered on deck and given a detailed safety equipment brief by Taffy the Bosun. Whilst this activity was occurring the rest of the Staff Crew took the opportunity to conduct a fire exercise. To complete a very busy morning the Watch Leaders individually took their watches through deck safety and line handing. At 1300 the anchor was weighed and Young Endeavour departed her Exmouth anchorage. While completing the passage out of Exmouth Gulf the Youth Crew turned to at setting and furling drills and due to a freshening 15-18kt south westerly, very quickly gained an appreciation of what it is like to set large sails in relatively strong winds. Tacking stations were called at 1615 and the Youth Crew proved that they had “hoisted in” the past 24 hours of instruction by successfully completing their first set of tacks as a crew. To complete the day’s activities I initiated a man overboard exercise (MOBEX) so that the YC could be given the experience of handing in all sail and recovering someone (in this case a lifebuoy) from the water. Early evening saw us round North West Cape and under a strengthening south westerly shape a new course to the south. Overnight the YC will settle into their watch routines as the ship starts to make ground down the Western Australian Coast.Until tomorrow, take careYours AyeCaptain Gav Â Â
Currently located 20nm to the SW of North West Cape and experiencing strong 30kt SW winds with a 2m swell
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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.
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