Last night at sea …
Hi everyone,Today was a special day of the Voyage. We went alongside the naval base at Sydney and embarked some guests for a half-day sail – some young school children, sponsors, some community groups and the like. It was great having people on board who don\’t always get the opportunities a lot of us do from day-to-day. I was particularly pleased to have a representative from our sponsors the Legacy Foundation. We all enjoyed a three hour sail around Sydney Harbour, passing underneath the coat hanger and firing our ceremonial canons. It is a great feeling to offer something back to the community and I was pleased to observe more than a few of the Youth Crew state that it was a highlight of the Voyage – they hosted extremely well.We disembarked our guests just after lunch and had our final rope races. Blue watch were the \’winners\’ and they get to man the t\’gallant yard (the top of the mast) when we enter harbour for the final time tomorrow. All the Youth Crew will be aloft for our grand entry.To help make the Ship presentable we spent some time harbour furling the sails before doing end of Voyage talks and critiques – I find the staff are harder on ourselves than the Youth Crew ever are! A quiet night at anchor with a teak deck bbq and a slide show that Tom put together for us as a visual summary of the Voyage. It was a class presentation. It was truely some really great photography.Tomorrow morning we will weigh anchor and proceed alongside for the final time of this Voyage. It has been a pleasure to have you virtually sail with us on our Voyage of challenge, discovery, highs, lows and share our progress with you. A Voyage where 25 young Australians have had a tremendous learning and development experience. I will say some formal thank you remarks at our farewells tomorrow for those that can make it. In the meantime I wish to thank the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme who do all the necessary work to get us here. The Staff Crew who\’s tireless professional efforts have made our Voyage such a success – thanks Brad for a great job. Last but not least it is always the people behind the scenes that make it possible – our sponsors, our families, loved ones and friends who support our absence, our fatigue on return and understand that we love what we do in Young Endeavour.Whenever we may meet (again), please always remember Young Endeavour and please, please, please come and say hello. Fair winds and following seas …Dave Jordan (Yak)Voyage Captain
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