Hi Everyone, Welcome to the commencement of Voyage 08-09 from Mackay to Airlie Beach and the fourth leg of YOUNG ENDEAVOURS 2009 Circumnavigation of Australia. Today’s voyage began with a warm welcome to the new Youth Crew and a number of family and friends at the Mackay Marina, which is situated about 10km from the city of Mackay. Following my welcome address and Staff Crew introductions we farewelled our guests and immediately commenced our training program with a set of ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ice breakers’ and Ship tours. On completion of these activities it was time for dinner and once again Chef Jarod impressed everyone with his amazing culinary skills. Following dinner it was straight into Captain and Sail Master talks followed by climbing safety briefs. At the moment all watches are attempting their first climb of the foremast and it is hoped that by late this evening all of the YC will have achieved their first goal of climbing to the topgallant yard (highest yard). Once the YC have completed this climb the training program for today will be complete and everyone will turn in for their first night onboard YE.Due to a mechanical fault with one of our generators I have decided to remain alongside at the Marina for the night so that this problem can be rectified. This mechanical issue should not affect the voyage or training program.Finally, a big thank you to CMDR Dave Jordon who did a fantastic job as the relief Captain for the last voyage. Thanks to Dave I managed to fly back to Sydney and enjoy some time with my family. Until tomorrow take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently alongside at the Mackay Marina and experiencing very light SW winds which is ideal for first night climbs.
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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike