Ahoy there shipmates, landlubbers and armchair sailors, it was a great pleasure to meet the lovely youth crew of Voyage 01/23 today in sunny Sydney at HMAS Waterhen. Comprising 23 Aussie youth, from places various, they embarked at 1500 with friends and family in tow, who came to inspect the ship and the staff crew, and to farewell their loved ones for the next 11 days.
I told them to rest assured, we would take very good care of their young sailors, as we have a very skilled and experienced staff crew for this voyage… Namely: Sail Master – Chucky. Navigators – Tori and Seb. BOATSO – Evan. Red Watch Leader – Tug. White Watch Leader – Matty. Assistant White Watch Leader – Tomo. Blue Watch Leader – Christine. Chef – Ash. Engineers – Hoppy and Sumo.
On completion of the welcome and crew introductions, we farewelled family and friends and departed Waterhen, cruising around to Athol Bay where we came to anchor shortly before 1700. Enroute, Watch Leaders kicked off the program with ice breakers and ships’ tours. Ash cooked up a lovely dinner, then the Youth Crew were mustered at midships, where Hoppy spoke of engines and plumbing and ships husbandry.
Chucky then spoke to them about youth crew responsibilities and a few ‘guidelines’ to ensure communal harmony and unconditional positive regard for all. I spoke to them about what to expect over the next 11 days and ways to ensure maximum involvement in the program. Simply, to ‘get amongst it’, was the key. We then weighed anchor and proceeded out into the Tasman Sea to get ahead of the southerly change forecast for tomorrow. Matty, our resident safety and survival equipment specialist gave Youth Crew a detailed briefing on all the ships safety and survival gear before turning-to sea watches.
Red, white and blue watches will take turns overnight at a 4 hour watch on the bridge, to conduct Watch-on-Deck duties such as helm, lookout and rounds routines to keep the ship safe. Intention is to remain at sea overnight, having shaped a course for Jervis Bay. The adventure has begun… I like the look of our new shipmates – landlubbers no more – they are now only peppery sea puppies, but we will turn them into salty sea dogs before the voyage is through!
Good night and stay safe.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+