Voyage 09-09 Underway
Hi Everone, Welcome to Voyage 09-09 from Airlie Beach to Townsville. This is the fifth voyage of Young Endeavours 2009 circumnavigation of Australia. Today’s voyage commenced at the Meridian Abel Point Marina in the beautiful Airlie Beach, were we welcomed the new Youth Crew and a small number of family and friends. By 1520 all of the new Youth Crew where onboard and following my welcome address we farewelled family and friends. At 1600 lines were cast off and the ship conducted a well executed manoeuvre to depart her berth and safely transit through the narrow marina breakwater S-Bend. On clearing the breakwater we conducted a short passage out into Pioneer Bay coming safely to anchor at 1620. Once at anchor the Watch Leaders conducted some ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ice breaker activitiesï¿½ï¿½ followed by ships tours. Once these activities were complete everyone sad down and enjoyed a fantastic dinner. The first night of the voyage is always busy and tonight will be no different. On completion of dinner it was straight into Sail Master and Captains talks followed by climbing safety briefs. Tonight all watches will be given the opportunity to experience there first climb of the foremast (33 meters to the top) and it is hoped that all will be successful in this first challenge.The forecast for tomorrow is fine with 10-15kt north easterly’s, so the plan is to head south through the Whitsunday Passage then shape a course for the outer reef.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain GavStop Press! The time is 2200 and all of the Youth Crew have achieved climbing to topgallant yard, which is a great effort for their first climb.
Currently at anchor in Pioneer Bay and experiencing light NE winds.