Ahoy there shipmates, landlubbers and armchair sailors, it was a great pleasure to meet the lovely youth crew of Voyage 02B/22 today in wonderful Geelong, comprising 15 Aussie youth, from around Australia.
They embarked at 1500 with a few family members in tow, who came to inspect the ship and the staff crew, and to farewell their loved ones for the next 10 days. I told them to rest assured, we would take very good care of their young sailors, as we have a skilled and experienced staff crew for this voyage…
Sail Master – Emma.
Navigator – Kyle.
BOATSO – Evan.
Assistant Watch Officer – Chucky.
Gold Watch Leader – Matty.
Green Watch Leader – Theresa.
Assistant Watch Leaders – Ash and Sumo.
Chef – Jenko.
Engineer – Hoppy.
Medic – Brad.
On completion of the welcome and crew introductions, we farewelled family and friends and Watch Leaders kicked off the program with ice breakers and ships’ tours. A ripper dinner was served by my favourite staffie, Jenko 🙂 then the Youth Crew were mustered at midships, where Hoppy spoke of water and plumbing and ships husbandry.
Emma spoke to them about youth crew responsibilities and a few ‘guidelines’ to ensure communal harmony and unconditional positive regard for all. We are an intergalactic good vibes zone, don’t you know! Then I spoke to them about what to expect over the next 10 days and ways to ensure maximum involvement in the program. Simply, to ‘get amongst it’, was the key.
Youth crew then split into their watches and commenced their seamanship training, consisting of line handling, safety and general principles and negotiated their Full Value Contracts. It’s going to be a massive day tomorrow, and so our wonderful young crew turned in for a well deserved first nights sleep.
Intention is to remain alongside overnight, conducting first climbs in the forenoon, departing at noon and exiting the Rip at approx 1930. The adventure has begun… I wonder where we’ll be this time tomorrow night? Good night and stay safe. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+
Weather: Fine. Wind: SE @ 5-10. Swell: Nil. Temp: .
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