Voyage name: 
V04/17 Hobart (TAS) to Melbourne (VIC)
14 Feb - 24 Feb 2017
Latitude: 
42 55 S
Longitude: 
147 25 E
Conditions: 
Currently at anchor at Ralphs Bay and experiencing light NE winds with nil swell and the temperature is 17 degrees.
Hi Everyone, Welcome to Young Endeavours fourth voyage for 2017 and our eighteenth voyage of our 2016/17 Circumnavigation of Australia. This voyage will see us sail from Hobart to Melbourne via the East Coast of Tasmania which is just short of 500nm. Along the way we will get to explore some of the spectacular coastline along Tasmania’s picturesque East Coast before crossing the infamous Bass Strait. We have put together another great Staff Crew for this voyage who I know will take great care of our new Youth Crew ensuring that they all have an amazing experience. The Young Endeavour Staff Crew for this voyage are as follows: Captain – Gav Sail Master – Dion Navigator – James BOATSO – Kyle Red Watch Leader – Adam White Watch Leader – Tug Blue Watch Leader – Lauren Chef – Keely Engineer - Horto Assistant Watch Leader Kaila The voyage commenced at 1500 today when the new Youth Crew joined Young Endeavour berthed at Hobart’s Princess Wharf with the other Tall Ships James Craig and Tenacious. Once gear had been stowed and family and guests had been given a tour of the ship I gave my welcome address then farewelled our guests. A safety brief followed then at 1600 lines were cast off and we safely departed our berth and commenced the 7nm passage to Ralphs Bay which was our planned anchor for the evening. During this passage we completed some ‘ice breaker’ activities and ships tours before coming safely to anchor at 1700. Dinner followed with Chef Keely producing the first of what I am sure will be many great meals throughout this voyage. Once we had cleaned up from dinner we all gathered at midships where we conducted Captains and Sail Master chats. During these chats we discuss our expectations and give the Youth Crew a rundown of what they can expect during the next eleven days of the voyage. The time is now 2030 and all of the watches are either doing deck safety or completing Full Value Contracts with their respective Watch Leaders. This should continue until 2200 when we should have completed all of our first day activities. It has been a good start to the voyage and I am pleased how well the Youth Crew have already settled into their new environment. Tomorrow morning we will undertake first climbs of the foremast then just prior to lunch weigh anchor and complete our pilotage out of the Derwent River and into Storm Bay. Given the current forecast we have decided to sail up Tasmania’s East Coast and not the West as the conditions will be more favourable. Before finishing tonight’s Log I would like to thank the organisers of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival who put on such a brilliant event this year. All of the Young Endeavour Crew really enjoyed being part of this amazing festival and loved meeting all of the people that visited the ship during our open days. For Information: Our faulty Yellow Brick Tracker has now been replaced so you should be able to see exactly where we are when you go to our Captains Log Website. Until tomorrow, take care. Yours Aye Captain Gav