Ahoy there shipmates, landlubbers and armchair sailors, it was a great pleasure to meet the lovely youth crew of Voyage 06B/22 today in sunny Geelong comprising 23 Aussie youth, from Victoria, NSW, QLD and SA.
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…
Namely: Sail Master – Dion. Navigator – Emma. Watch Officer – Charles. White Watch Leader – Matty. Blue Watch Leader – TJ. Red Watch Leader – Jarod. Chef – Ash. Engineer – Hoppy.
On completion of the welcome and crew introductions, we farewelled family and friends as we cast off lines and proceeded into Corio Bay and thence Port Phillip proper. Meanwhile Watch Leaders kicked off the program with ice breakers and ships’ tours, then a little time to unpack.
A ripper dinner was served, then the ship came to anchor in the vicinity of Portarlington. Lovely. Youth Crew were then mustered at midships, where Hoppy spoke about plumbing and ships husbandry. I spoke to them about what to expect over the next 10 days and ways to ensure maximum involvement in the program.
Dion 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! Youth crew were then introduced to their harnesses by way of safety briefing by Matty, then buddy checks and a climbing demonstration before we commenced our first night climbs.
Each watch took turns at climbing up to the topgallant and I have to say that I am very proud of each and every one of them tonight, they definitely gave it their all. It’s not every voyage that we get a 100% success rate. Great stuff. Then when they were back on deck, their seamanship training began, consisting of line handling, safety and general principles.
It was a late night and it’s going to be a big day tomorrow, and so our wonderful young crew turned in for a well deserved rest. Intention is to remain at anchor overnight, weighing anchor at 0700 to exit the Rip and into the famed Bass Strait in the early afternoon. The adventure has begun… I wonder where we’ll be this time tomorrow night?
Good night and stay safe.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+
Weather: Cloudy. Wind: SSW @ 5kts. Swell: Nil.