Voyage name: 
V11/19 Gladstone to Brisbane
09 Jul - 19 Jul 2019
Latitude: 
27 10.6 S
Longitude: 
153 22.2 E
Conditions: 
Weather: Fine. Wind: NW 12kts. Temp: 18. Swell: Nil.
With great power comes great responsibility, as we discovered today. The early morning started off with decreasing wind conditions and a correction of course to make up for some broken hardware...but even in the face of adversity, overnight youthie-run watches managed to valiantly set our square sails to catch some gusts of wind which was a sight to behold, allowing the speed queen STS Young Endeavour to reach a whopping 2.5 kn. Incredible. After smooth watch handovers overnight and even smoother breakfasting at 0700, it came to morning brief where we were introduced to the glowing Sweetie and Babushka, who weren’t so happy with the youthies ability to clean...(whoops!). So to repay sweet Babushka for our unkempt racks we danced an apologetic Macarena and commenced a happy hour run by youthies. As the handover back to Captain Charlie drew closer, we started checking off some of our challenges, including a smashing mural, a rope hammock which would definitely not pass WHS standards (but did support all 27 youthies!), a song of our journey and finally even got the entire youth crew to climb aloft for a photo op. Our command day end was celebrated with a gruelling afternoon: after weighing anchor in the glassy Moreton Bay and going ashore to Moreton Island to swim, dine on ice cream and partake in a few splash wars, we returned to the STS to enjoy a cheese board, teak deck BBQ and some pumping tunes. With full bellies (Thanks BBQ legend Reggie) we began reflecting on the command day 24 hours together, figuring out what we learnt from the highs and lows of the experience. Now, as a full moon shines and the Huon-Stress’O’Meter returns to single digit numbers, our anchor watches commence....good luck y’all. Xx K-Swiz and T-Weets Hey Fam, I’m alive and breathing. I miss you all and I’ll be home in a couple of days xx –Kate/// Thanks Taylor and Kate. A successful Command Day came to an end at 1400 today, with all 27 youthies pulling together to achieve a lot more than just getting from A to B and completing a list of challenging tasks... Self reflection will reveal more in the coming weeks and no doubt, lessons learnt will last for years... and thats just from the Command Day experience. Proudly, it's my belief that these young Australians will benefit from this voyage immeasurably// Unfortunately one of our number had a mishap on the beach this afternoon (his parents have been informed), but is on the mend and will likely recover to continue with us tomorrow// Intend remaining at anchor off Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Island overnight, proceeding into the Brisbane River tomorrow forenoon. Capt. Charlie+
“Team work makes the dream work”