Voyage name: 
V10/18 Sydney to Newcastle
11 Jun - 21 Jun 2018
33 36.2' S
151 15.5' E

Weather - partly cloudy with passing light showers, Wind - 240 / 10 kn, Swell - nil, Temp: 12 deg. C

Ahoy there Shipmates,


After a restful night at anchor in Jerusalem Bay, the crew were woken by Sail Master Guv at 0645 and mustered on deck in the grey drizzly weather for an early morning activity. We then dined on another of Marcus’ delicious breakfasts prior to the Morning Brief, which included a dramatisation depicting the nautical origins of the expression ‘Son of a Gun’, followed by a visit from ‘Goth’ Nana. This led into, as usual, the ‘happiest hour of the day’.


After the brief the Staffies weighed anchor and we moved further down stream to an anchorage in the lee of Challenger Head, still within Broken Bay.


After lunch my Staff Crew and I got dressed-up in our best holiday outfits and conducted the handover ceremony at which I handed Young Endeavour over to Captain Austin and his able-bodied crew to use for Command Day to achieve their tasks and most importantly to have fun!


Until tomorrow at 1400 when the adventure of Command Day draws to a close!


Yours Aye


Captain Mike


Ahoy there,


At 1300 Captain Mike handed me the keys to the STS Young Endeavour. With a stupidly big grin on my face, I accepted the challenge of captaining the 21 other youth crew that boarded it. I was given a Captains hat, WW2 telescope (which I have since misplaced (Whoops) and two envelopes that contain the navigational directions that we are to follow and a list of 20 tasks which the youth crew are to complete by the time we hand back the ship.


I, Riley (Sail Master), Eggs (Navigator) and Dom (Watch Officer) retired to the bridge to compose our navigational plan and sail plan for the voyage to come. Whilst this was happening the watch leaders (Cat, Alan and Hamish) informed the crew of the challenges we had to complete. Immediately the crew jumped straight into action, picking challenges they could complete straight away. By the time it was dinner we had completed most of the challenges presented to us. Heather and Tucky drew a beautiful mural depicting some memorable moments of our adventure thus far.  We had a photo of all 22 youth crew aloft on the foremast and one of all of us on a rope hammock constructed by the youth crew. Various other challenges were completed but one of my personal favourites was dinner, Italian themed cuisine, carbonara and spaghetti with meatballs. Cooked by the fabulous chefs: Cel, Keyring and Izzy. We are currently working on a secret production that will blow the staffies minds. This is to be presented tomorrow evening.


I shall let you know how it all pans out.


Lots of Love,


Youth Captain Aussie (Austin)