As you all know weâ€™re all having so much fun out here, away from troublesome siblings and house chores. But then again pulling ropes and team coordination ainâ€™t easy. Though on a serious note we are thankful for the experiences aboard Young Endeavour. In the last 24 hours weâ€™ve done a hell of a lot, just like every other day, though we also got some much needed time on solid ground. A beach day on Fraser Island for all the youth crew really seemed to lift spirits and let us forget about the constant rocking and rolling that is life on the sea. We took a speedy and exciting boat ride to the beach and also were lied into the possibility of seeing sting rays. Though itâ€™s ok, maybe someday weâ€™ll forgive Jemma. Upon arriving on shore we found the beach empty, unsurprisingly since it was so early and in the midst of winter. But that didnâ€™t stop us one bit, with many beach games, such as an interesting new version of beach baseball, some very intense bullrush where we got to see fierce rivalries come to light. A failed version of beach volleyball (though we chose to do it in the waterâ€¦???) and some lucky contenders got to be the net! A fun morning was had by all and we soon returned aboard Young Endeavour for lunch and to prepare to set our sails once again. I hope itâ€™s been mentioned in other Captainâ€™s Logs but our Chef Adam might be the best cook of the seven seas and has consistently surprised and excited us at every meal, and for this we are eternally grateful.
Soon after lunch it was time to start our daily â€˜Ropiesâ€™ competition, where as a very unbiased writer I can say Red Watch did exceptionally well, as always. Starting with some intense yelling and successful rounds, they pulled through dozens of points. Also finishing the competition with a dry milo eating contest where they were the only ones not to cheat. Though this most definitely did upset White Watch, as usual, who have an embarrassing ego (eek!), and proceeded to even lose points because of such. So with â€˜Ropiesâ€™ finished (for nowâ€¦.) we proceeded to set sail, to a course us youthies are definitely certain about and a plan we are â€˜entirelyâ€™ confident in.
We have started preparation to set sails and coordinate ourselves without our watch leaders, and for some this has built confidence though for the most part has made us fear for Command Day, the day we take charge ourselves. With talk of the potential positions we might undertake there are some great candidates that have started to speak up, so not all hope is lost yet. Captain Mike even helped us to further understand sail theory, telling us the howâ€™s and whyâ€™s of the sails we set and the courses we take and explained some additional terminology alongside parts of the ship and sails we were most certainly unaware of. Though I wonâ€™t deny weâ€™ve been constantly distracted throughout the day by the calls of â€˜dolphins!â€™ only to rush to the side and be met by a usually disappointing empty sea. Though a few sightings did lift our spirits if for a brief moment. And unfortunately I must mention the constant push from our sail master to have a mention in the Captainâ€™s Log, so here Rio, you owe us one.
Signed, yours truly
Cyrus Goulter & Samara Fogarty
Thank you Cyrus and Samara for your very entertaining narrative of today’s activities. We had planned to conduct some more tacking practice during our transit out of Hervey Bay this afternoon but a total lack of wind put pay to that. We have rescheduled that for tomorrow morning before we anchor at Lady Musgrave Island. Tonight the Youth Crew, during their sea watches, will conduct a team-building and leadership activity and undertake their final sail setting and furling practice, prior to tomorrow morning’s Captain’s Setting and Furling assessment.
Until tomorrow night, Yours Aye, Captain Mike
Wind: ENE / 11 Kn, Sea 0.5 m, Swell from the East at 1.0 m Weather: overcast with occasional showers Temp: 16 deg C