Latitude: 
20° 21' South
Longitude: 
148° 57' East
Conditions: 

Weather: fine and partly cloudy, Wind: 100/10 knots, Temp: 26 deg. C

Ahoy there Shipmates,

Dougie woke the Youth Crew at 0630 with yet another of his funky tunes and everyone came up on deck for the last early morning activity. The sunshine and gentle breeze made a pleasant change from the weather we have experienced for most of the voyage.

After everyone had the blood flowing once more, the youthies went below to have some breakfast, a shower and sadly to pack their bags. It was however a happy Youth Crew that gathered in the café, the wet-weather morning brief venue, for the final time. With a final presentation from Jen the Nav, Sandy the Salty Sea Dog and a quote from myself. The Youthies then went back down below to do a final clean of the ship in preparation for the next Youth Crew to join the ship in 4 days time.

We weighed anchor at 0915 and started to make our way towards the marina and our final port of call. The Youth Crew manned the yards in the ancient ritual demonstrating that we came in peace and with good intentions. We berthed at the Hamilton Island Marina at 1000 to some very welcoming family and friends.

Once the Youth crew were down from the yards there was a brief farewell ceremony and then we said goodbye to our new shipmates and friends and the Youth Crew of Voyage 09/2014 departed the ship for the final time. We have a saying I use at the end of each voyage – ‘you may leave Young Endeavour but Young Endeavour will never leave you.’

For the final time on this voyage, yours aye,

CAPT Mike