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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Day 2 found the ship tucked away nice and snug in the lee of the lovely, Mud Island in Moreton Bay. Hands were called at 0630 and the youth crew's presence was kindly requested topside for a bit of move and shake, for our first early morning activity. Then it was away to wash and eat before morning brief took place on the bridge after the formalities of our Colours ceremony at 0800. Dion hatched the plan for the day and then Theresa (our lifesaving and safety equipment expert) took charge for a collective closer look at said lifesaving equipment. Whilst that was happening, remaining staff weighed anchor under a gorgeous blue and sun drenched day and we commenced our pilotage out of Moreton Bay - with Emma the Navigator as our trusty Pilot. Once Theresa had completed her briefing, youth crew turned-to cleaning stations, or as we call it, "happy hour". Whales, turtles and dolphins frolicked as we sailed past them and then out into the Coral Sea we went. A large cargo ship tooted their horn, 'adieu', and we responded in kind. All the while our sea puppies set and furled the sails, had a wee break for lunch, then continued with same all afternoon. Finally, when watch leaders gave me the nod, I gave Dion a wink and he called the ship to tacking stations. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, it was with almost mechanical precision that this youth crew of ours, performed their duties in a well oiled fashion, and they did tack this ship, back and forth, several times to drill and practice the required actions to manouevre this beautiful ship through the wind. I was well impressed. Bravo I said, then Dion stood them down for half an hour. Dinner was taken at 1715, then the youth crew turned-to sea watches, to assist with navigational safety overnight, whilst the others slept soundly. Each watch would take a four hour trick to follow the navigation plan by helm, keep lookout duties and conduct hourly rounds throughout the night. Additionally they would consolidate sail handling and climbing procedures. If they didn't know, now they know - This here is a working ship and we have no passengers embarked. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+