The ship has been in a period of scheduled maintenance for the last four weeks and with everything repaired and looking shipshape we are all looking forward to the next series of voyages to the warmer waters of Queensland. The ship will not return to Sydney until 07 Sep, some 3 1/2 months away.Yesterday afternoon Youth Crew 09/00 joined the ship for the voyage to Brisbane. Just before 1600 we backed away from the berth and motored towards Middle Harbour. There was a good sized crowd of family and friends to bid farewell to the excited but probably anxious youth crew. As we motored up the harbour we commenced our training program with everybody learning about each other and theship.After dinner I spoke to the youth crew and discussed with them what we can expect for the next ten days and what is expected from them. We also discussed things such as teamwork, fears, challenges and fun which is what we are all about. Climbing aloft was the next big event (huge for some), and all youth crew made it over the lower platform. Then splitting into our watches, some went to bed while others climbed. By 0600 this morning everybody had been back up the mast with most making it all the way to the top. A good positive start.Today is a glorious day with a cool breeze blowing from the west. We have had morning brief and the youth crew are experiencing ‘happy hour’ for the first time learning the delights of communal cleaning. We will soon get into some serious sail training and will weigh anchor late morning and head out to sea and start heading north towards Brisbane.Chat tomorrowAndrew
At anchor Hunters Bay (Middle Harbour) Wind 270/10kts, Temp 14, clear skies.
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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike