Hi Everyone, This morning started early when Young Endeavour entered Koolama Bay at sunrise coming safely to anchor at the mouth of the King Georges River. Once at anchor both boats were launched and we commenced ferrying each of the watches up the spectacular King Georges River to the King Georges Falls. Each of these trips took 3 hours but gave the Youth Crew the opportunity to view the magnificent cliffs and scenery which surround the river. Due to it being the end of the Dry Season their was not any water coming over the falls but everyone enjoyed the demanding 30 minute climb to the top of the falls were the view was breathtaking. By 1830 everyone was back onboard and this evening with a beautiful Kimberly sunset as our backdrop we enjoyed our first ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Teak Deck BBQ’ for the voyage. Following this gastronomical feast we conducted a very entertaining and comical session of 3 way talks (public speaking and getting to know each other exercise). Tonight we will remain at anchor so that everyone gets a well deserved rest in preparation for the days ahead.Please find below some Captains Log entries from the Youth CrewUntil tomorrow, take careYours AyeCaptain GavYOUTH CREW CAPTAINS LOG VOYAGE 13/09The past four days feel have gone so fast and yet it feels as if we have become seasoned and salty sea dogs already. There are no small steps in the learning process on board, instead we are thrown into the deep end (we had the chance to escape the ridiculous heat with a dip in the Timor Sea) and herded up the foremast to cling to the topgallant yard which is 36 meters high. We are challenged to confront our fears and the satisfaction once the task is accomplished is amazing. Today we had our first glimpse and experience of the stunning Kimberly coast. We spent the day being ferried down King George River to see the amazing rock cliffs. It was very hot but the view was well worth the climb up the rock face. The group has become so comfortable with each other, the heat, the boat, and the crew over the last four days and this, along with the excellent food, bodes well for a great voyage.Zaiga Sleep deprivation, heat and 90second showers great mix!!! We have had a great time with the crews sing alongs that shall never be repeated. ïŠ THE BEST FOOD EVER!!!!. I have already made great friends we really have no choice.LOVE it or as I have been saying McLovin it. Set foot on land and hugged a huge tree. Enthusiasm is high even (believe it or not) after being woken for watch at 3:45. did I mention the food?. Swimming in the ocean was AWESOME!! Trusting everyone on shark lookout with the gun ïŠ. Kimberleys are sooo beautiful. I completed a personal challenge. Random photo opps everywhere, so guess whos posing?? Yours truly.Loving everyone ashore ïŠ hope all is wellï¿½ï¿½_ ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Life is good and the world is beautifulï¿½ï¿½
Currently at anchor in Koolama Bay and enjoying light northerly winds with nil swell.
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