Hi Everyone, Welcome to Voyage 12/10 which is the fifth of our northern voyages for 2010 and my last as the full time Captain of YOUNG ENDEAVOUR. This voyage will see us spend the next 11 days sailing from Mackay to Airlie Beach and exploring the spectacular Whitsunday Islands. I would like to introduce the Team of Staff Crew that will facilitate this voyage of adventure:Captain ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ GavSail Master ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ KennyNavigator ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Tug Assistant Nav – Sophie BOATSO ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Adam Red Watch Leader ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Penny White Watch Leader ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ JoelBlue Watch Leader ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ DanChef ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ SnowyEngineers – Lindsey and Leon The voyage commenced at 1500 today with the Ship berthed alongside at the Mackay Marina, which is located approximately 10nm north of the City of Mackay. By 1530 all of the new Youth Crew had arrived onboard and once gear had been stowed, everyone mustered on deck for my welcome address and Staff Crew introductions. On completion of this address we farewelled family, friends and well wishers then went straight into a safety brief followed by a number of ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ice breaker activities’ and ships tours. Normally at this time we would depart our berth but given the lack of sheltered anchorages of Mackay I decided to remain alongside for the first night of the voyage.Dinner followed, with Chef Snowy again serving up an amazing meal. Once we had cleaned up from dinner, I sat down with the Youth Crew and had a discussion about what their voyage would entail and my expectations over the next eleven days. On completion, Kenny, as the Sail Master for this voyage gave his talk about some of the rules, regulations and safety aspects of Young Endeavour before giving a safety aloft brief and demonstration on how to climb the foremast. Once he had finished this demonstration I inverted all of the Youth Crew in their harnesses, which is our final safety check prior to commencing our first climbs. This evening, with some nerves and a great deal of courage and determination every member of the Youth Crew undertook their first climb to the topgallant yard (highest yard), which is located on top of the foremast and is approximately 33m above the water. This climb will complete today’s activities and once the last member of the crew is safely back on deck everyone will turn in for their first nights sleep onboard Young Endeavour. Tomorrow morning we will continue with some more safety drills prior to departing our berth at the Mackay Marina at 1300 and commence our voyage through the Whitsunday’s. Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently berthed alongside at the Mackay Marina and enjoying light SE winds with a current temperature of 20 degrees.