Voyage name: 
23 June - 03 July
2300 at anchor - weather scattered cloud, wind SE 9 knots, swell nil, temperature 20 degrees, barometer 1019 hpa

Ahoy there everyone,


Welcome to Young Endeavour’s eleventh voyage for 2012, our journey commenced today in Cairns and concludes in Townsville in 10 days. To facilitate our adventure under sail, it is an honour to introduce the nine Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage:

Captain Damien

Sail Master Kristy-Lee

Navigator Rick

Watch Officer Guv

Red Watch Leaders Jordo

White Watch Leader Adam

Blue Watch Leader Leon

Chef Luke

Engineer Mick

The voyage officially commenced at 1500 today when 24 Youth Crew from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at the Marlin Marina. Once all possessions had been stowed below, all hands were mustered on deck for a welcome address and staff introductions before friends and family were emotionally farewelled and the ship cast off all lines and shifted to the ships night anchorage in Trinity Inlet.

The Youth Crew under the direction of their watch leaders, conducted ship familiarisation and a number of introduction activities to integrate the members of each watch. Once completed the first of many very tasty meals crafted by master chef Luke was consumed. After dinner, voyage expectations, requirements and safety aspects for the next 11 days onboard were discussed. Then without further ado, some nerves, a great deal of courage and a lot of determination our new crew proceeded aloft onto the foremast for their first night climb.

I am very pleased to report that all of the Youth Crew performed extremely well on their first day and I am from the outset impressed with both their individual efforts and team attitude. After having a celebratory hot chocolate followed by a 90 second shower, each has now turned in for a well deserved first night sleep in Young Endeavour.

Tomorrow morning we will awake at 0645, before weighing anchor mid morning and commencing sail training within the Inner Great Barrier Reef.

Until tomorrow evening, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien