V05/19 Sydney to Newcastle
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2019
Wind: NNE at 6 kts Weather: Fine and Clear Sea: Nil Location: Alongside Queens Wharf
Ahoy shipmates...I'm back for one last hurrah. It has been a long day. We departed Nelson Bay at 0415 this morning for the 4 hour transit to Newcastle in beautiful conditions, arriving alongside Queens Wharf just before 0900. We then embarked our Community Day Sail guests including a group from Showstoppers Scone, a disability support group. At 1015 we left the wharf for a very pleasant sail around Newcastle Harbour, even venturing out to sea noting the calm conditions (only 1 guest was sea sick...sorry Peggy!). The Youth Crew were very gracious hosts, regaling our guests with stories of their adventure on the high seas. At one point we even had a blind gentleman on the helm...Stewart did a remarkable job, and may even have put some of the Youth Crew to shame! On our return to the harbour we fired our saluting cannon...a tradition of old indicating we come in peace. At 1300 we arrived back alongside Queens Wharf and farewelled our new friends. The Youth Crew then proceeded ashore to conduct their end of voyage talks (and coffee) and on their return we sent them aloft to harbour furl the square sails to make sure the old girl looks smart for tomorrow's voyage finale. It was then time for pizza, poems and the obligatory feedback questionnaires. The Youth Crew also wrote letters to themselves that will be mailed by the Youth Scheme in 6 months time, allowing them to reflect on their time on Young Endeavour. Tomorrow morning we will be attending the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Nobbys Beach...another early morning, but for a very worthwhile event. We will also farewell our 27 young adventurers. They have been a pleasure to have onboard, coming together quite quickly as a team, a fact made evident on Command Day. Myself and the staff crew have thoroughly enjoyed their company. It has been a fantastic voyage...beautiful spots visited (Jervis Bay, Broken Bay, Broughton Island, Nelson Bay and Newcastle, the weather has been perfect (although a bit more wind would have been nice), and we managed to get in some outstanding sailing (Command Day - well done Youth Crew!). They arrived as strangers and leave as friends...part of the Young Endeavour family! That's about it from me...wishing you all fair winds and following seas, and as I will say to the Youth Crew tomorrow...don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. Captain Kenny...out!
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill