V12/22 – Day one departure
Ahoy there shipmates, landlubbers and armchair sailors, it was wonderful to meet the lovely youth crew of Voyage 12/22 today alongside HMAS Moreton, Brisbane comprising 21 youth, from QLD, NSW, VIC, ACT, NT and Norfolk Island.
They arrived at 1430 with a large group of family members in tow, who came to inspect the ship and the staff crew, and of course to farewell their loved ones for the next 10 days. After the obligatory COVID RAT checks, I then welcomed Youth Crew and guests and introduced my salty, experienced and talented staff crew, who are as follows:
Sail Master – Dion.
Navigator – Emma.
Watch Officer – Charlie.
White Watch Leader – Theresa.
Red Watch Leader – TJ.
Blue Watch Leader – Tori.
Assistant Blue Watch Leader – Christine.
Chef – Ash.
Engineers – Sumo and Macca.
We then farewelled family and friends, conducted a safety brief and cast off into Brisbane River. After a beautiful sunset river cruise, we came to anchor in the vicinity of Mud Island, as Watch Leaders kicked off the program with ice breakers and ships’ tours.
A delicious dinner was served, then the Youth Crew were mustered at midships, where Sumo spoke of water and plumbing and ships husbandry. 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 only 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 were introduced to their harnesses before laying aloft the foremast and making their way up to the topgallant yard, then back down the other side.
When they weren’t climbing they negotiated Full Value Contracts for the voyage and commenced their seamanship training. It’s going to be a big day tomorrow, and so our wonderful young sea-puppies turned in for a well deserved sleep. Intention is to remain at anchor overnight, weighing anchor around 0830 and departing Moreton Bay after lunch.
The adventure has begun… I wonder where we’ll be this time tomorrow night? Captain Adam Charlie Farley+