Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to Young Endeavour’s eleventh voyage for 2011. Our journey commences in and concludes in Sydney. 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 our adventure under sail, it is an honour to introduce the ten Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage during the next 11days:
Captain - Damien
Sail Master - Matt
Navigator - Joel
Watch Officer - Jarrod
Red Watch Leader - Guv
White Watch Leader - Tug
Blue Watch Leader - Kim
Chef - Adrian
Engineer - Leon
Voyage 11/11 officially commenced at 1500 today when 24 Youth Crew (13 females and 11 males) from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at the garden Island Naval Base, Woolloomooloo, Sydney. 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 as the ship cast off all lines and departed the berth for a short transit to a sheltered overnight anchorage in Rushcutters Bay.
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 of Sydney Harbour from the topgallant yard was both inspiring and invigorating as an artic southerly wind caressed the ship.
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 weighing anchor mid morning and commencing our first phase of sail handling on Port Jackson.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.