V12/17 Mackay to Brisbane
16 Sep - 26 Sep 2017
Ahoy there Shipmates,
After an exciting night at anchor at Noosa, the crew were awoken by Sail Master Bagers at 0630 and mustered on deck for an early morning game get the body and mind started. We then dined on another of Marcus’ delicious breakfasts of fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts and a cooked breakfast of eggs, bacon, mushrooms and hash browns.
Just before Colours we had a visit from some young members of the Noosa SLSC who paddled out to us on their rescue boards and then came aboard for a Ship’s Tour. The 0800 Morning Brief included stories from Salty about the nautical origin of common expressions such as: ‘to turn a blind eye’. We then had a quick ‘Happy Half-hour’ and then thundered ashore to Noosa Main Beach. The crew had returned onboard by 1100 and after lunch we held ‘Opposites’, where the elected Youthies got to talk to their ‘opposite number’ in the Staff Crew to get hot tips on how they do their jobs.
Then my Staff Crew and I got dressed-up in our best boardies and conducted the handover ceremony at which I handed Young Endeavour over to Captain Kurt and his able-bodied crew to use for Command Day to achieve their tasks and most importantly to have fun!
Until tomorrow at 1300 when the adventure of Command Day draws to a close!
Dear friends and family of the Young Endeavour Youth Crew, admirers of this fine sailing ship, and all else who are avid readers of Captain Mike…
Ahoy there – greetings from Youth Captain Kurt of Voyage 12 of 17 J
I’d like to spend a few paragraphs with you tonight and share some news from day 8, the command day. The start of the day provided an oppurtunistic hosting event for us to briefly entertain members of the Noosa surf life rescue club. This fine group of young Australians joined us aboard Endeavour and we gave them a full tour of the decks below and above. After belting out the national anthem for the morning colours ceremony we bid them goodbye and transferred ashore by boat onto the wavy swells and yellow sands of beautiful Noosa. We had a wonderful two hours strolling the promenades and avenues of Noosa and some even treated themselves to nitrogen mango smoothies. A few of our youthies, including myself, even dipped into our wallets to treat the our mate, birthday boy and staff sail master, James Bagnato (baggas), a fresh new pair of sunglasses - as annoyingly for him, he misplaced them somewhere in the vicinity of the great barrier reef!!!
We then farewelled Noosa and eagerly got back aboard Endeavour for a beautiful lunch of Aussie bangas’n’mash prepared by our fantastic youthie chefs. Great one guys! At 1230 the elected youthies conducted an hour of opposites briefs from the staffies to make sure we fully understood the great burden of responsibility which had been thrust upon us and also this was the last chance of honing our navigation and seamanship skills before zero hour. The remainder of the afternoon devoted to planning and watch preparation for the exciting adventure ahead. And finally the wonderful youthie Navigator Mathew, Sail Master Peter, Watch officer Jaz and myself put 2B pencil to paper to plan the navigation route for our passage under sail to Brisbane.
We commenced weighing anchor in heavy winds and big seas but through a colabrative effort of staffy and youthie we have now set sail and are en route to our destination. I sit here in the chart house swaying with the roll and heel of this exquisite vessel full of excitement and eager to update you all tomorrow about our adventures ahead over night and the day ahead.