Latitude: 
21° 6' South
Longitude: 
149° 13' East
Conditions: 
2300 alongside - Weather scattered clouds, Wind SE 15 knots, Swell nil, Temperature 23 degrees, 1014 Barometer hpa
Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to Young Endeavour's ninth voyage for 2011. Our journey commences in Mackay and will conclude in Brisbane. We have a magnificent tall ship, forecast wind for our sails and the Queensland coast to explore. The potential is limitless and sense of adventure is infectious.

To facilitate our adventure under sail, it is an honour to introduce the 11 Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage during the next 11days:

Captain Damien
Sail Master Kim
Navigator Matt
Watch Officer Dutchy
Red Watch Leader Carly
Assistant Red Watch Leader Kristy-Lee
White Watch Leader Joel
Blue Watch Leader Guv
Chef Adrian
Engineer Leon
Assistant Engineer Mick

Voyage 09/11 officially commenced at 1500 today when 25 Youth Crew (12 females and 13 males) from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at Mackay Marina. Once all possessions had been stowed, all hands were mustered on deck for a welcome address, staff introductions were conducted before friends and family were emotionally farewelled.

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 Adrian 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 few jelly like legs, a great deal of courage and a lot of determination every single member of our new crew proceeded aloft onto the foremast for their first night climb. The surrounding view from the topgallant yard was inspiring.

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 0630, before departing Mackay Marina in the forenoon entering the Inner Great Barrier Reef and shaping a course south.

Until tomorrow evening, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien