V04/18 Devonport to Adelaide
Hi Everyone,Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Welcome to day five of our voyage. As forecast the wind finally moderated to 15-20kts during the early hours of this morning.Given these improved conditions we weighed anchor at 0900 conducting a well executed sail from anchor then proceeded out into Portland Bay where we brought the ship under fore and aft sail and in perfect conditions completed a good set of rotational tacks.Once completed I gave the Youth Crew a short break before getting them all back to midships and giving them my presentation whilst we were still in the relatively sheltered confines of Portland Bay.By early afternoon we had cleared Cape Nelson and were back in the Southern Ocean tackling a large 4m swell and 20-30kt westerly winds. Given these rough conditions we stood the Youth Crew down for the afternoon whilst we awaited the forecasted south westerly changeÂ Â Thankfully this change occurred a 1900 this evening so the ship was called to tacking stations and we altered course to the northwest and in strong conditions are now making best speed to Kangaroo Island which at this time is still 230nm away.Overnight all of the watches will complete the Bearex (Teamwork & Communication Exercise) as we continue to make good speed under sail along the Victorian/South Australian Coast.Â Â Â Â Â Â Until tomorrow evening, take care.Â Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Latitude/Longitude: 38 40.8 S / 141 28. 0 E
The time is now 2030 and we are currently located 20nm to the SW of Cape Nelson sailing close hauled under fore and aft sail in strong 20-24kt SW winds with a 4m SW swell. Our speed is 6kts and the temperature is 16 degrees.
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Welcome to Day 10 and the final day of our voyage.
It was a well-rested Youth Crew that mustered on deck for an Early Morning Activity at 0630 this morning. Our anchorage overnight in Cario Bay had proven to be a good one and even though we had some strong winds overnight we held our anchorage position very well. Being the last morning Chef Jarod served up a continental breakfast which meant that we all got to help ourselves to toast, cereals, yogurt and fresh fruit.
A shorter than normal Morning Brief followed, then after a good set of cleaning stations the Youth Crew mustered up on deck then ‘manned the yards’ ready for our entry into Geelong.
At 0940 we weighed anchor then transited the short distance over to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club where we berthed outboard of the Wave Attenuator at 1000 where we were met by some family and friends and a large number of interested people keen to get a close look at the ship.
Once the Youth Crew had departed the ship the Staff set about completing ‘end of voyage checks’ and getting ready for our next voyage.
On a personal note, I would like to thank all of the Youth Crew of Voyage 01/22 for the effort that you have put in throughout this voyage, you are a wonderful group of young Australians and all of the Staff Crew of Young Endeavour have enjoyed sharing this sailing adventure with you and wish you all the very best for the future.
Until next voyage, take care
Photo courtesty of Jane Flowers of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.
Good Evening everyone,
It’s Captain Sophia Mellink reporting in on Day 8 of our voyage, also known as Command Day. From 1000 hours today, Command of STS Young Endeavour has been handed over for a 24hr period to the Youth Crew. Today, we commence our crossing of Bass Strait and endeavour to reach Port Phillip Bay, and Victoria’s infamous “Rip” tomorrow morning. It’s an honour to Captain this vessel towards Geelong and add my name to a long and illustrious list of Youth Crew Captains. The full Youth Crew positions are listed below.
Captain: Sophia Mellink
Sailmaster: Carl Ashworth
Navigator: Sam McVilly
Watch Leader: Niamh Blake
Watch Leader: William Graham
Chef: Alex Wilson
Chef: Stuart Morrow
I’ll now hand over to Kate and Gabby from our Youth Crew for a full account of today’s activities.
Fair winds and calm seas to all our faithful readers,
It’s ya gals Gabby and Kate bringing to you the inside scoop on Command Day.
This morning started just like any other with a rude awakening from Hugh (Jackman). Our worn, tired and waterlogged bodies rolled out of our racks to perform a spirited walk above deck to ‘The Greatest Show’. We quickly moved on to playing the evolution game where Katy Perry was the highest power. Paper, scissors, rock determine the Youthies' and Staffies' fate of either an egg, a chicken, crocosaurus, power ranger or the ultimate ranking of Katy. Shout out to Emma (white watch leader) for carrying the supremes with a solo of ‘Firework”.
Morning brief started off good with a post breaky SAO and a lesson on punishment from the staff production team (Matty is still scared). All leadership positions then attended “Opposites” where Captain, Sail Master, Navigator, Watch Leaders and Chefos discussed classified intel, which cannot be disclosed at this time.
As ten o’clock rolled around the Staffies finally gave up on us and jumped overboard leaving Captain Mellink in charge. Unfortunately the Staffies smuggled their way back on board as they decided the Bass Strait was not the finest location for a morning swim.
First on Capt’n agenda was setting sail and weighing anchor from the Coast of King Island and heading into the notorious Bass Strait. Our Sail Master Carl boasted good vibes for the sailing trip ahead and our Nav Sammy Boy’s wind dance ensured smooth sailing. We can confirm no more spew bags have been thrown overboard.
The afternoon was filled with post-lunch naps and ticking off some of the tasks set by the Staffies. Randy and Sari drew a gorgeous mural of Young Endeavour at midships - hopefully photographic evidence has been taken and will be shared for everyone. Many of the youthies woke to a dolphin sighting announcement, which caused much chaos involving ladders and scones. Dolphins WERE NOT seen.
Chefos Alex and Sam cooked up an amazing meal (I can confirm the best yet, sorry Jarod) of Nacho girlfriend and build a boyfriend burger. Each of us had a nice helping of trivia for dessert, and after much contesting The Best Team (Gabby, Kate, Oli, Randy, Sari and Jo) busted some unique dance moves (aka the bow and arrow) to win.
Hopefully we see Victoria by tomorrow, if not, please tell our mums (Diana and Lynne) we love them and send help when possible.
Signing off for now,
Xoxo Gabby and Kate