What Persistence Really Means
We made it to Noosa today after sailing on a broad reach all night up past Moreton Bay. Unfortunately the boat broke and only a third of the YC got ashore before they were returned by the Coastal Patrol. Thanks Coasties… We rigged the swing, opened the pool and then had a great meal. Noosa was forgotten. Tonight the YC are electing their team for Command Day, which starts tomorrow at 0800 hours. Their mission is to sail the ship to Caloundra in 24 hours (no mean feat as the wind is blowing hard from the direction they need to go). They are developing into a great team and I am sure they will rise to this challenge and do well.Youth Crew entry by Kerryn Laidlaw, 22 years old, Brisbane Queensland.Well, this has to be one of the hardest yet most fulfilling weeks of my life. I have never been through so much in such a short time. I have accomplished things such as climbing a 33m mast that scared me almost to death at the thought, but was one of the most exhilarating feelings I have felt. I have been unbelievably exhausted, tired both physically and mentally but somehow find that little extra to heave once more, wipe one more dish, climb one more mast, furl one more line and get up one more time in the middle of the night in the pouring rain. I have seen what persistence really means, to persist one more second can mean to feel the excitement of success or to feel the emptiness of failure.It is overwhelming to see fellow crew members make it to the top of the mast when all they have said is they can’t do it, or to finally conquer their fears and sickness to face another watch. I am looking forward to coming home to my family and friends to see how I can make each day that little bit better by giving just a little bit extra. I can see after spending the last week at sea that every little bit counts. If one person doesn’t pull as hard as they can, wipe up one plate, make up one line, do one set of rounds, give one word of encouragement then the team breaks down. I have felt that I need the support and that it is always there when I ask for it. The staff and crew have provided unconditional support to each other in every situation on board. I have learnt innumerable things about myself, and others while on the Young Endeavour and cannot imagine my life ever being the same. I have met friends that will remain with me for a long time to come and know what it takes to be a team and to succeed as a team. To think of leaving this ship excites me immensely yet saddens me as I feel I will be leaving behind something that can never be replaced.I have filled a spot inside over the last week that I never knew I had. I have been challenged in every sense of the word, I have been exhausted beyond belief, I have been sick more than I thought was possible and I have been so happy to succeed as the youth crew of the Young Endeavour. Tomorrow will definitely bring more challenges, fears, and laughter as we take over the ship. It will be interesting to see whether make it to our destination in one piece. I am looking forward to it more than anything. Words and pictures do not justify what this voyage means to myself and I am sure to everyone else on board. If you have an opportunity take it, I did, and I am loving it.Stay tunedAndrew Davis
Current situation at 1800: At anchor Laguna Bay, Noosa. Wind sou'east (again) at 20 knots. Temp 24C.
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9 Days ago 23 Youth Crew from all over Australia, came together to sail this vessel, have fun and challenge themselves. They have not only done that, but have faced and overcome fears, and learnt a lot about themselves and each other.
They leave with new skills, improved persistence, resilience and adaptability, as well as generally knowing they are more capable than what they probably thought. And of course, having made great new friends - most probably, friends for life. It never gets old for us staff members, as we truly love our work.
Fair winds and following seas.
Captain Adam Charlie Farley+