Ahoy there Shipmates,
After a restful night at anchor in Broken Bay, the crew were awoken by Sail Master Matt at 0630 and mustered on deck for an early morning activity to get the body warmed-up and the mind active. We then dined on another of Jenkoâ€™s delicious breakfasts prior to the Morning Brief, which included a dramatisation, narrated by Salty and ably assisted by our willing volunteer Charlotte, depicting the origin of the Naval expression â€˜2 â€“ 6 heaveâ€™. This led into, as usual, the â€˜happiest hour of the dayâ€™.
At 0900 we held â€˜Oppositesâ€™ where the elected Youth Crew talked with their opposite number in the Staff Crew. This is aimed at enabling the youthies to get an understanding of the full scope of the duties of each position to enable them to perform better in their role during Command Day. While that was happening Watch Officer Marty took the rest of the youthies ashore for an Easter egg hunt on the beach at Patonga. On their return we set up the rope swing for another swim.
After lunch my Staff Crew and I got dressed-up in our best holiday outfits and conducted the handover ceremony at which I handed Young Endeavour over to Captain Morgan and her able-bodied crew, listed below, to use for Command Day to achieve their tasks and most importantly to have fun!
Until tomorrow at 1300 when the adventure of Command Day draws to a close!
Voyage 06/16 Leadership Team:
Captain: Morgan Wyatt
Sail Master: Tyrone Turnbull
Navigator: Estelle Marghetts
Watch Officers: Anneke Donnelly, Harry Trethowan, Matthew Neville
Watch Leaders: Zanaida Adams, Mary Sparkes, Noah Binet
Chefs: Robbie Cole, Sophie Attwater, Angus Sweeney
Itâ€™s my absolute pleasure to conduct a Captains Log about the last 11 hours that the Young Endeavour was under Youth command. After the handover ceremony was conducted – and Staff convinced the newly appointed Youth Leaders not to drive the ship away whilst the previous Leaders jumped overboard â€“ The Navigator Estelle, Sailmaster Tyrone and Myself took to the bridge to begin discussing time constraints, task management and navigation plan.
The Youth crew were assigned 23 tasks to complete throughout the 24 hour period of control, and these tasks ranged from meeting navigational waypoints, ensuring all rounds and watches were completed to optimal standard, and sun-smart practices were upheld, to setting up a hammock at midships to support the entire crew and singing the Australian National Anthem to 5 different tunes.
The tasks began with sending an Assault team of 8 Youth crew members to Patonga Beach to rally as many members of the public as possible to participate in a hearty singing of the Australian Anthem that was broadcasted back to the ship to be enjoyed by the remaining crew. Once the team were back, Sailmaster Tyrone organised for the task of setting up a hammock at midships, and left the new Watch Leaders Mary, Noah and Zanadia to organise their team. This allowed the new Watches â€“ Alpha, Bravo and Charlie â€“ to get to know how to work as a team.
Dinner was the result of Task 9, which was to cook a themed meal, and was absolutely amazing. Our Chefs Sophie, Robbie and Angus provided us with an Italian themed meal of Pizza and Bolognaise, all of which was made by hand. Youthies showed up to the Galley with moustaches and Italian flags draws on various body parts, and crew members Lachy, Jesse and Campbell look the cake by decking themselves out in red, white and green clothing and paint, respectively, and following each other around to make up the Italian flag.
Anchorâ€™s aweigh was at 1800 hours and the real sailing started at 2100 hours when the ship was tacked (turned) to port side so as to follow the navigation path to arrive at the waypoints. The next tack was at 0001 hours, and required everyone to get out of bed. As Captain Iâ€™d like to congratulate my crew on their efforts in this, as many members had little sleep and had to get up for watch in a couple hours, and yet we were all at tacking stations as soon as possible and willing to work hard.
Thanks to the crew for a brilliant first 12 hours of Command Day, now letâ€™s all get some sleep and ready for tomorrow.
Youth Captain Morgan
WIND: LIGHT AND VARIABLE; SWELL EASTERLY AT 1.5 M; WEATHER: FINE; TEMP: 19 DEG C
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