21° 6' South
149° 13' East
Scattered Cloud, Temp 21 degrees, Wind E 5 knots, Swell Nil, Barometer 1021 hpa steady
Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to Young Endeavour's sixteenth voyage for 2010. Our journey starts from sunny Mackay and concludes in bustling Brisbane. We have a magnificent tall ship, forecast wind for our sails and the East Coast to explore. The potential is limitless and sense of adventure is infectious.

To facilitate this adventure under sail I would like to introduce the ten Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage:

Captain Damien
Sail Master Kenny
Navigator Joel
Watch Officer Taffy
Red Watch Leader Carly
White Watch Leader Tug
Blue Watch Leader Lindsay
Assistant Blue Watch Leader Adrian
Chef Snowy
Engineer Leon

After a busy 48 hour port visit Voyage 16/10 officially commenced at 1500 today when 27 Youth Crew (15 females and 12 males) from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour. Once all luggage had been stowed, all hands mustered on deck for a welcome address and staff introductions after which friends and family were farewelled. The Youth crew under the direction of their new watch leaders conducted ship familiarisation and a number of ���ice breaker' activities to integrate the watches.

The first of many very tasty dinners crafted by ���master chef' Snowy was then enjoyed by all. After dinner both the Sail Master and I discussed with the Youth Crew, voyage expectations, rules, regulations and safety aspects for the next 11 days onboard.

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 team 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 and 90 second shower, each has now turned in for a well deserved first night sleep in Young Endeavour.

Tomorrow morning we will depart the Mackay Marina and shape a course to the south east and commence making ground towards Brisbane. It has the makings of a fantastic voyage on this magnificent Tall Ship and all the crew are incredibly excited at the prospects.

Until tomorrow evening, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien