Wind: Light and variable. Temp: 22. Weather: Fine. Sky: Starry.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the first Captains Log entry for V08/14 Airlie Beach to Cairns.
Let me introduce our team:
Captain – Adam
Sail Master – Sandy
Navigator – Dion
Watch Officer – Paige
Red Watch Leader – Matt
White Watch Leader – Kenny
Blue Watch Leader – Tilly
Chef – Aaron
Engineer - Lindsey
The Voyage kicked off at 1500 today when the Youth Crew (YC) and their families embarked and had a quick look around the Ship before being welcomed and introduced to the Staff Crew. YC’s loved ones then departed and we got the voyage started proper by dividing our new sea puppies into their watches to undertake a few ‘ice-breaker’ activities to get to know one another. Then, a ships tour to get to know their new home.
Due to a minor freezer malfunction (!) prohibiting our frozen foods from being delivered on time, Aaron went to the corner store to buy some meat. We then had a BBQ dinner on deck as the sun set. It was lovely (I have posted a few photos on facebook, btw). Once we had cleaned up, I had a chat to YC about what their voyage would entail. On completion, Sandy gave his talk about some of the rules and safety aspects of Young Endeavour (YE) before giving a ‘safety aloft’ brief and a demonstration on how to climb the foremast. On completion I undertook a harness confidence check. This involved each member inverting (ie. Tipped upside down!) in their harness to show they will not fall out in the unlikely event that they should fall. This is our final safety check prior to commencing our first climb.
Then at around 2000, with some nerves and a great deal of courage and determination YC undertook their first climb to the topgallant yard, located on top of the foremast and is approximately 35m above the water. Not all made it to the top (which is not unusual), but every single one of them demonstrated ticker and commitment to challenge themselves which made me very proud of my new shipmates.
The first night climb completed today’s activities and after a hot cup of cocoa the crew turned in for their first nights sleep onboard.
Intend remaining alongside tomorrow to conduct ‘deck safety’ as well as ‘setting and furling drills’ before departing Airlie Beach at 1530 with the flooding tide.
“If you want more, you have to do more” - Anon.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible” – St Francis of Assisi.