Voyage name: 
V08/18 Eden to Sydney
03 Apr - 13 Apr 2018
37 05.8' S
149 53.0' E

Weather - fine, Wind - light and variable, Swell - easterly at 0.25m, Temp - 18 deg. C

Ahoy there shipmates,
Welcome to Young Endeavour’s Voyage 8 for 2018. Our journey starts in the in southern NSW port of Eden and will end in the beautiful harbour city of Sydney. We have a magnificent tall ship, wind for our sails and the NSW Coast to explore. The potential is limitless and sense of adventure is infectious. I would like to introduce the Team of Staff Crew that will facilitate this voyage of adventure:
Captain –                       Mike
Sail Master –                   Evan
Navigator –                     Guv, supported by Adam
Watch Officer –                  Baggers
Red Watch Leader –              Blake
White Watch Leader –            Megan
Blue Watch Leader –             Karly
Chef –                          Marcos
Engineer-                       Horto
ADF Parliamentary Program -     Senator Gavin Marshall
Voyage 08 officially commenced at 1500 today when the Youth Crew and their families and friends were welcomed onboard to have a quick look around the Ship and meet the Staff Crew before we sailed from alongside the wharf in Snug Cove, and anchored off Boydtown in Twofold Bay, to commence the afternoon’s program. The Youth Crew divided into their watches and undertook a few ‘ice-breaker’ activities to get to know one another. That was followed by a detailed tour of the Ship conducted by the Watch Leaders.
Dinner followed, with Chef Marcos amazing us with his culinary skills. Once we had cleaned up from dinner, Horto the Engineer talked about the need to be conservative with the use of freshwater by limiting shower duration to 90 seconds. Everyone can shower twice per day, but as I said, only for 90 sec each. He also spoke about taking care when using the Ship’s toilets (or ‘Heads’ as they are known) to ensure nothing other than bodily waste and the provided Ship’s toilet paper is flushed into the system.
I then had a bit of chat to the Youth Crew about what their voyage would entail during the next eleven days. On completion, Evan, as Sail Master, gave his talk during which he discussed the code of conduct, some general points on safety and living in close-quarters with other people.
At the end of the briefings the Youthies split into their watches and had their first practical session in deck safety, learning how to safely work the lines to set and furl the sails, including how to put turns on a pin and how to tie a stopper knot. These deck safety sessions were broken up by the watches sitting down below decks to writhe their Full Value Contracts, documents which capture what they want to achieve during the voyage so that the Staff can do their best to make it happen.
 I am very pleased to report that all of the Youth Crew has done extremely well on their first day and I am from the outset impressed with both their individual efforts and team attitude.
Until Wednesday evening, take care.
Yours Aye
Captain Mike