Hi Everyone,Welcome to Day 8 of the voyage. By sunrise this morning we were located 30nm to the south west of Dirk Hartog Island motor sailing due to very light conditions and the requirement to maintain a speed of at least 5kts so that we be in close proximity to Fremantle by mid afternoon on Monday 19 October. The reason for this is that we have accepted a challenge to race STS Leeuwin 11 on Tuesday 20 October and we want to have a good nights rest at anchor prior to the race.Today has been another busy one for the Crew of Young Endeavour as we have been completing a number of activities in preparation for the commencement of tomorrows Command Day. The first of these activities was demonstrational tacks. These set of tacks give the YC the opportunity to experience tacking the ship from the bridge so that they have a better understanding of the orders and procedures required to successfully carry out this manoeuvre. On completion of these tacks we went straight into Captains setting and furling drills. These set of drills are the final check of the Youth Crews sail handling skills prior to me handing over the ship for Command Day. Late this afternoon I presented my Command Day brief which was closely followed by the Command Team elections. Following these elections we enjoyed another one of Chef Chad’s amazing dinners then ventured back on deck to witness a fantastic WA sunset.At present we are located 65nm to the north west of Geraldton still motor sailing due to the very light and variable conditions. Overnight the Youth Crew will continue to consolidate their navigation, sailing and climbing skills in preparation for the challenge of taking command of the ship at 1000 tomorrow morning.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav Â Â Â
Currently experiencing light and variable conditions with a 1m SW swell.
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STS Young Endeavour is, by the definition and origin of her name, about Aussie youths trying hard to achieve something difficult. This voyage certainly provided that... and then some. A challenging experience from all angles and areas. Yet the Youth Crew prevailed and found success. They should therefore be justifiably proud of themselves for persevering, seeing the silver lining and never wavering in their mission to have a great adventure. I am very proud of all of them and I'm sure you are too!
9 Days ago 23 Youth Crew from all over Australia, came together to sail this vessel, have fun and challenge themselves. They have not only done that, but have faced and overcome fears, and learnt a lot about themselves and each other.
They leave with new skills, improved persistence, resilience and adaptability, as well as generally knowing they are more capable than what they probably thought. And of course, having made great new friends - most probably, friends for life. It never gets old for us staff members, as we truly love our work.
Fair winds and following seas.
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