Ahoy there everyone,Â Welcome to day two of the voyage. Following a well deserved and much needed good nightâ€™s rest the Youth Crew awoke at 0630 to a stunning Brisbane morning accompanied by a cheerful tune from Sail Master Kristy-Lee. After breakfast all hands mustered for the morning brief detailing the days activities and words of wisdom from various staff members,At 0840 the ship cast off all lines and departed Bulimba Wharf conducting a scenic transit of the Brisbane River. During this period Captain Safety alias White Watch Leader Guv, presented a very comprehensive safety equipment presentation and demonstration ensuring the no matter what the situation the Youth Crew should find themselves in, that they would have the knowledge to overcome any adversity at sea.Then with cleaning stations completed (this activity is known as the ships Happy Hour with its own special song), the Youth Crew under the guidance of their watch leaders, they spent the remainder of the day conducting line handling and deck safety, gaining the foundation skills required to work the sails safely during their adventure at sea as the ship continued across Moreton Bay.By the early afternoon the weather had closed with 30+ knot winds and heavy squalls. Storm sails were set and the ship exited Moreton Bay at sunset into the South Pacific Ocean, setting the topsail and shaping a course to the north.The Youth Crew having just completed a magnificent dinner from Chef Squizz, are now settling into their first night watches learning to helm the ship, adjust the sail plan and conduct engineering rounds (checks of the engine room compartment). The one metre swell is challenging various members of the Youth Crew with their equilibrium as they adjust to the motion of the ship.Young Endeavour is currently sailing along handsomely at seven knots, making ground to the north on a beam reach port tack, looking as majestic and magnificent as only this ship can, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight at sea underway.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien
2300 at sea - weather scattered cloud, wind SW 25 knots swell 1.0 metre, temperature 15 degrees, barometer 1014 hpa
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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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