ROUND TOP ISLAND SOUTH OF MACKAY
PAST 24 HOURSTWENTY FOUR YOUNG AUSTRALIANS JOINED IN MACKAY FOR THEIR ADVENTURE UNDER SAIL. AFTER THE WELCOME ADDRESS ALL YOUTH CREW CLOSED UP IN WATCHES TO DEPART MACKAY AND ONCE CLEAR OF THE BREAKWATER STARTED ICE BREAKER INTRODUCTIONS AND SHIP TOURS. THE SHIP ANCHORED OVERNIGHT OFF ROUND TOP ISLAND TO ALLOW ALL YOUTH CREW THE OPPORTUNITY TO CLIMB ALOFT IN RELATIVELY CALM CONDITIONS. TO EVERYONES CREDIT ALL YOUTH CREW SUCCESSFULLY CLIMBED UP AND OVER THE LOWER TOP AND RETURNED BACK ON DECK. THIS ACTIVITY OCCURED AS THE MOON ROSE A SPECTACULAR SIGHT. OVERNIGHT ALL WATCHES PROGRESSED IN CLIMBING ALOFT AND KNOT TYING. DURING THE SILENT HOURS A HUMPBACK WHALE AND CALVE STOPPED ALONGSIDE FOR A LOOK AT ALL ON DECK. EVERYONE WAS JOGGING AROUND THE UPPER DECK AT 0630 TO START THE DAY IN A GREAT FRAMES OF MIND. DURING THE FORENOON ALL PARTICPATED IN THE BRIEF, HAPPY HOUR, ENJOYED A WONDERFUL MORNING TEA AND FINISHING OFF WITH DECK SAFETY ALL BEFORE LUNCH. A FEW YOUTH CREW ARE FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THE SHIPS MOTION WHILST AT ANCHOR THOUGH THEIR SHIPMATES ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THEM. ALL THE BEST.YOURS AYEBRENTON WITTLIEUTENANT COMMANDER, RANCAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR
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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.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+