Currently we are located 13nm to the northeast of Table Cape sailing close hauled under fore and aft sail and achieving a good boat speed of 8kts in strong 25kt south westerly winds and the temperature is 17 degrees.
Welcome to Young Endeavours fourth voyage for 2018. I’m back as the Relief Captain for this voyage so that Captain Mike can take another well deserved break following a couple of extremely busy voyages, our 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner and the Australia Day celebrations on Sydney Harbour. This voyage will see us sail from Devonport to Adelaide and along the way cross the infamous Bass Strait then explore some of Victoria’s and South Australia spectacular coastline. We have put together another great Staff Crew for this voyage who I know will take great care of our new Youth Crew ensuring that they all have an amazing experience.
The Young Endeavour Staff Crew for this voyage are as follows:
Captain – Gav
Sail Master – Adam
Navigator – James
BOATSO – Phil
Red Watch Leader – Jimmy
White Watch Leader – Megan
Blue Watch Leader – Horto
Chef – Zac
Engineer - Sumo
Medical Care Provider Jack
The voyage commenced at 1500 this afternoon when our new Youth Crew joined Young Endeavour berthed starboard side to Tasports Berth 4 in Devonport Tasmania. Once gear had been stowed family and guests were given a quick tour of the ship then mustered back on deck for my welcome address.
With these formalities complete we farewelled our guests then went straight into a very thorough Safety Brief given by Jimmy our resident Safety Equipment specialist prior to making preparations to sail.
At 1630 lines were cast off and we safely departed our berth and commenced the short pilotage out of the Mersey River and into Bass Strait. During this pilotage we completed a harness brief, ships tours and some ice breaker activities. Normally on this first evening we would then proceed to anchor but given the forecast of gale force winds for Bass Strait and the Western Victorian Coast for early Wednesday morning I have decided to cross Bass Strait as quickly as possible and head directly for Portland where we can get a sheltered anchorage while this front passes through.
The time is now 2045 and we have completed all of our first day activities and have now settled into watches overnight. Given the current conditions we will continue to make best speed under sail to King Island where we plan to anchor late tomorrow morning for a few hours to complete first climbs of the foremast before pushing on to Portland.
Until tomorrow, take care.