2300 at anchor - weather scattered cloud, wind SE 3 knots, swell nil, temperature 22 degrees, barometer 1016 hpa
Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to day six, overnight the ship sailed in the vicinity of Hinchinbrook Island as each of the Youth Crew watches successfully completed a challenging teamwork activity. Just after wakey wakey the ship anchored in Zoe Bay, on the eastern shore of Hinchinbrook Island, Australia’s largest island national park. The view from the ship was simply stunning, with rugged towering peaks wrapped in misty cloud flowing to a tropical sandy beach.
The view inspired the Youth Crew who after the morning brief were transferred ashore in the ship’s two sea boats. From Zoe Bay they trekked 20 mins into the hinterland until they reached the picturesque Zoe Bay waterfall. The swim at the base of the falls was both rewarding and invigorating.
After returning to the ship a late lunch was consumed prior to the next round of rope races which saw the difficulty level raise as Engineer Mick further tested each watch’s knowledge of the ship. The anchor was then recovered and the ship farewelled Zoe Bay before shaping a course south for a visible group of islands on the horizon. En-route the ship was called to taking stations in order to conduct ‘demonstrational tacks’, this activity enabled the Youth Crew to rotate through the bridge in order to observe the command and control aspects of manoeuvring the ship under sail by alternatively tacking and wearing.
On completion of this activity a man overboard exercise was successfully conducted recovering the ship’s life ring in minimum time. With all sail handed in the ship proceeded to anchor in Pioneer Bay on the western shore of Orpheus Island for the scheduled overnight anchorage. A teak deck BBQ was cooked by the Captain for a ravenous crew as the sun set behind Hinchinbrook Island. After dinner Isabelle Macnicol’s 18th birthday was celebrated by all with a scrumptious strawberry and cream sponge cake crafted by Chef Luke. An exhausted yet jubilant Youth Crew then retired to anchor watches for the night.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.
A massive shout out to everyone from the Young Endeavour. Today, as mentioned, was my 18th birthday and a fantastic one at that. I welcomed my birthday in at 2400 while on a dog watch, heaving in the jib and climbing the foremast on what turned out to be a beautiful night. The youth crew and I spent an exciting day swimming under the Zoe Bay waterfall, tacking and wearing the ship and topped it off with a BBQ for dinner. My experience so far on the Young Endeavour has been memorable to say the least and today was definitely a highlight. Thank you to all the staff and youth crew who celebrated with me. I loved the company of everyone, the cake and the never ending birthday wishes. I just want to take this opportunity to say Happy Birthday to my twin brother, Hamish who was not able to share this amazing adventure with me. Despite being on the Young Endeavour for my birthday, I can’t think of any other way I would rather have spent it. Thanks again to everyone.