Ahoy Shipmates,This morning was another early start with the morning watch waking the rest of the Ship at 0630 so that preparations could be made for our arrival at Hinchinbrook Island. At 0730 YOUNG ENDEAVOUR came to anchor in the beautiful Zoe Bay and following a very short morning brief the YC where ferried ashore for a short bushwalk and the opportunity to swim in the freshwater pools on this amazing Island. Everyone was back onboard by 1200 and following a quick lunch the anchor was weighed and YE departed Hinchinbrook Island for the final time in 2008. Once in open water the YC set a full press of fore and aft sails and YE shaped course for Orpheus Island. During the afternoon I conducted Captains setting and furling drills, which is designed to test the Youth Crew’s levels of safety, knowledge and teamwork as a final check before Command Day. The three watches demonstrated that they had come a long way in a very short period of time and were well on track for the challenges that would face them over the course of the quickly approaching Command Day. Following this exercise all sail was handed in and the Ship motored south to Orpheus Island coming to anchor at 1630. Prior to dinner the course yard swing was rigged and everyone enjoyed a refreshing and enjoyable sunset swim. After another fantastic dinner I presented my Command Day lecture which was immediately followed by the YC Command and Command team selections. By 2100 these selections were complete and after a short question period with Staff the YC settled into anchor watches for the night and a well deserved rest in preparation for the commencement of tomorrows Command Day.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently at anchor in Pioneer Bay (Orpheus Is) and experiencing light SE winds.
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