Dawn broke and we were off the beautiful Magnetic Island – again. We anchored at 9am and we had a set of rope races – Blue Watch is in the lead after a three-way tie yesterday. Then, just before lunch I enthralled them with a presentation on sail theory. Then it was off in the boat to the beach and what a great day we had. We played a lot of sport, built some impressive sandcastles and held three way talks. Woody cooked a BBQ on the beach and then we headed back onboard around 7pm. Soon after we weighed anchor and sailed northwards – our destination tomorrow is Orpheus Island. Everyone is well and having fun.Youth Crew entry by Lara Tate, 23 from Bendigo.Day 4, Thursday saw us arrive in none other than Magnetic Island. The plan was for a day trip to Horseshoe Bay. This provided us with the chance to get a junk food fix and the local shops to make a killing on chocolate and icecream. Finding our land legs was a little hard at first but the opportunity to lie back on the beach in the sun allowed us to overcome the problem. Being on the Young Endeavour provides you with a chance to discover things about yourself that you otherwise may not have know and an opportunity to push yourself to your limits and place yourself outside your comfort zone. For myself the feeling of self-achievement and experiencing the achievement of others would have to be the biggest high you can get. Other than the high I had at 3am today while belting out some tunes on the top yard arm with 3 other crew members. One of which had just overcome her fear of lights, this provided an extra rush for our crew to be there as she realised her achievement. Other than that I’d like to say Hellooooo to my Mum and Dad, Steve, Jade, Jac and my brother Dean who I hope will pass on this message. Signing off for now L.T.Stay tunedAndrew Davis
CO'S LOG Thursday 10 May 01Current situation at 2000: At Anchor Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island. Temp 26C, wind northerly at 10 knots.
You might also be interested in
Day 2 found the ship tucked away nice and snug in the lee of the lovely, Mud Island in Moreton Bay. Hands were called at 0630 and the youth crew's presence was kindly requested topside for a bit of move and shake, for our first early morning activity. Then it was away to wash and eat before morning brief took place on the bridge after the formalities of our Colours ceremony at 0800. Dion hatched the plan for the day and then Theresa (our lifesaving and safety equipment expert) took charge for a collective closer look at said lifesaving equipment. Whilst that was happening, remaining staff weighed anchor under a gorgeous blue and sun drenched day and we commenced our pilotage out of Moreton Bay - with Emma the Navigator as our trusty Pilot. Once Theresa had completed her briefing, youth crew turned-to cleaning stations, or as we call it, "happy hour". Whales, turtles and dolphins frolicked as we sailed past them and then out into the Coral Sea we went. A large cargo ship tooted their horn, 'adieu', and we responded in kind. All the while our sea puppies set and furled the sails, had a wee break for lunch, then continued with same all afternoon. Finally, when watch leaders gave me the nod, I gave Dion a wink and he called the ship to tacking stations. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, it was with almost mechanical precision that this youth crew of ours, performed their duties in a well oiled fashion, and they did tack this ship, back and forth, several times to drill and practice the required actions to manouevre this beautiful ship through the wind. I was well impressed. Bravo I said, then Dion stood them down for half an hour. Dinner was taken at 1715, then the youth crew turned-to sea watches, to assist with navigational safety overnight, whilst the others slept soundly. Each watch would take a four hour trick to follow the navigation plan by helm, keep lookout duties and conduct hourly rounds throughout the night. Additionally they would consolidate sail handling and climbing procedures. If they didn't know, now they know - This here is a working ship and we have no passengers embarked. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+