Current situation at 1100: Well, the Voyage has ended and the YC have shown their friends and family around the ship and departed. Before taking leave of the ship that has been their home for the last ten days, I presented Voyage certificates to them and awarded the Order of Australia Emblem to Lev……23 (today – Happy Birthday) for his contribution tomaking this trip from Adelaide to Melbourne such a success.We have a brief one day stop here in Melbourne before departing at 4 pm Sunday. I hand temporary Command to YE stalwart, Bob Williams, for the Voyage back to Sydders and head home for a break, along with Mhandii, Polly and Rags.See you soon and stay tuned,Andrew DavisCrew Entry:Chris Hirst STA / Young Endeavour Exchangee 2002Today is my final day aboard Young Endeavour as crew, I have just spent two voyages aboard the ship, which have to be two of the best weeks of my life. Sailing as a Supernumary attached to Red watch during voyage 08/02 (Hello to you all) and as Assistant Watch Leader to White Watch during Voyage 09/02.Young Endeavour was not only great fun, but through that fun I got to learn a great amount, not just about sailing but about myself as well.Many thanks to all those who tolerated having a Pom aboard, and have helped me to feel at home throughout both of the voyages. Finallythanks to those who make this exchange possible: the Staff and Crew of Young Endeavour, Ross Swann + The Australian Sail Training Association, STA UK, The Australia Britain Society NSW Branch and the Lord Mayor of London’s 800th Anniversary Fund.Hirsty (Chris Hirst)PS: Hello to Mum and Dad back in the UK, my washing is on its way.
Alongside Melbourne, wind southerly at 5 knots, temp 17C
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Hi Everyone, Welcome to Day 5 of our voyage. Overnight and during the early hours of this morning we continued to enjoy a great sail around the southern Tasmanian coast with all of the watches kept busy with setting and furling sails and doing some practical navigation. By sunrise we were located just to the south of Bruny Island now just sailing under fore & aft sail and hoping that the day would get warmer, which sadly it didn’t. But the cold and a little rain hasn’t dampened our spirits and we have still managed to fit in a lot of great activities today and our young mariners continue to impress with their endless energy and motivation. That’s enough from me I will now handover to Riley and Jack who have done a great job of writing tonight’s Log. Until tomorrow, take care. Captain Gav
V03/23 – DAY 5This morning the youth crew of the STS Young Endeavour woke to the frightening sound of red watch singing a parody of Riptide by Vance Joy over the ships intercom. This was then followed by the message that blue watch, the watch that was on guts the night before, could have a well-deserved sleep in. While members from blue watch went back to sleep the rest of the crew made their way down to the galley to enjoy another one of Haydos fantastic meals. After everyone had had breakfast the morning brief was given at 0900 which involved informing the youthies of the day ahead and a very educational story by Matty on the origins of the nautical term “two six heave”. After the morning brief the crew went below decks for Chucky’s favourite part of the day: Happy Hour! (Also known as cleaning the ship hour). In the afternoon the three watches conducted rotational tacking stations. This involved the watches rotating through the positions that the other watches fill when we tack which helped the crew get a better idea on what happens when we tack. Captain Gav came up on deck to give us a crash course about sailing theory and the ships history. This was very interesting and gave the youth crew a helpful insight into why different sails are used depending on different wind conditions. Round 3 of the famous Rope races were then commenced at noon with a twist of the round being worth double points. This highly non-competitive competition ended with Blue and Red watch drawing making it a close race for the rest of the trip The biggest highlight of most people’s day was sailing through the straight between Tasman Island and Cape Pillar in the afternoon. We all gathered at the bow of the ship as we gazed upon the spectacular columnar basalt edged cliffs rose up on either side of the narrow passageway. We had to furl all the sails, which involved sending two youth crew members up the main mast in rough swells and high winds to gasket the sail. Engines where turned on for the first time that day so we could safely pass the straight. The effort was truly worth it as we passed the resident seal colony and schools of dolphins. One of the greatest things about the STS Young Endeavour is even though the ship may sway from side to side and youth crew struggle to walk straight without getting knocked into a wall; the ships Chef continues to work hard and impress us with meals made from a kitchen which is smaller than the size of most people’s laundry room. It continues to amaze me how he keeps this quality in these rocky conditions. Not enough praise can be given to the hard work this man puts in keeping everyone happy. Go Haydo!Hi mum and dad I’m still alive, somehow we are already halfway through. See you in six days. Jack. You probably won’t see this but love you to the moon and back mum and dad. Riley. Until next time… Youthies Jack & Riley