Ahoy Shipmates, Welcome to YOUNG ENDEAVOURS Voyage 13-08 from Gladstone to Brisbane. I returned on Sunday 3rd August to reassume command of the Ship following a well deserved holiday with my family on Hamilton Island. Many thanks to Captain Chris for taking such good care of YE in my absence and I am sure that the Youth Crew of Voyage 12-08 really enjoyed having Chris as their Captain for their voyage.Today’s voyage began with a welcome to the Youth Crew, family and friends at Berth 4 Auckland Wharf at the Port of Gladstone. Due to port security all guests were delivered to the ship by mini buses graciously provided by the Port of Gladstone. Following my welcome address our guests were farewelled and port security again looked after transporting our guests back to the main gates. Due to a moderate northerly and an ebbing tide keeping the ship hard against the berth I decided to delay our departure until tomorrow morning when the conditions will be more conducive for our departure. This delayed departure has not affected our training program and we have continued with everything as normal. Since joining the Youth Crew have conducted ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ice breakers’, ships tours, enjoyed a fantastic dinner cooked by Master Chef Chad and are now in the middle of completing their first climb of the foremast. Everyone has settled in really well and it already looks like this will be another great voyage. Anyway my services are now required up the mast so I had better sign-off.Until tomorrow, take careYours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently alongside at Auckland Wharf Gladstone and experiencing light northly winds with the occasional shower.
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Day 2 found the ship tucked away nice and snug in the lee of the lovely, Mud Island in Moreton Bay. Hands were called at 0630 and the youth crew's presence was kindly requested topside for a bit of move and shake, for our first early morning activity. Then it was away to wash and eat before morning brief took place on the bridge after the formalities of our Colours ceremony at 0800. Dion hatched the plan for the day and then Theresa (our lifesaving and safety equipment expert) took charge for a collective closer look at said lifesaving equipment. Whilst that was happening, remaining staff weighed anchor under a gorgeous blue and sun drenched day and we commenced our pilotage out of Moreton Bay - with Emma the Navigator as our trusty Pilot. Once Theresa had completed her briefing, youth crew turned-to cleaning stations, or as we call it, "happy hour". Whales, turtles and dolphins frolicked as we sailed past them and then out into the Coral Sea we went. A large cargo ship tooted their horn, 'adieu', and we responded in kind. All the while our sea puppies set and furled the sails, had a wee break for lunch, then continued with same all afternoon. Finally, when watch leaders gave me the nod, I gave Dion a wink and he called the ship to tacking stations. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, it was with almost mechanical precision that this youth crew of ours, performed their duties in a well oiled fashion, and they did tack this ship, back and forth, several times to drill and practice the required actions to manouevre this beautiful ship through the wind. I was well impressed. Bravo I said, then Dion stood them down for half an hour. Dinner was taken at 1715, then the youth crew turned-to sea watches, to assist with navigational safety overnight, whilst the others slept soundly. Each watch would take a four hour trick to follow the navigation plan by helm, keep lookout duties and conduct hourly rounds throughout the night. Additionally they would consolidate sail handling and climbing procedures. If they didn't know, now they know - This here is a working ship and we have no passengers embarked. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+