Latitude: 
12° 27' South
Longitude: 
130° 47' East
Conditions: 
Currently at anchor in Darwin Harbour and experiencing light northerly winds with nil swell.
Hi Everyone,
Welcome to Voyage 13-09 from Darwin to Broome. I reassumed Command of Young Endeavour on Monday 24 August from CMDR Andrew ���Gunna' Rourke who was Captain for Voyage 11-09 from Cairns to Darwin, allowing me to take a well earned break (again, many thanks Gunna).

During the three weeks the Ship has been in Darwin the Staff Crew have been kept extremely busy putting Young Endeavour through a short maintenance period and completing some important Staff training. We have also taken the opportunity to enjoy the sights of Darwin and the Northern Territory, which I would highly recommend to everyone.

The new Youth Crew joined the ship at HMAS COONAWARRA (Darwin Naval Base) at 1500 on what was a warm and very humid Darwin afternoon. Following my welcome and Staff Crew introductions, a large group of family and friends were farewelled and shortly after Young Endeavour slipped, departing her berth and proceeding directly out into Darwin Harbour to her planned overnight anchorage.

Once safely at anchor we conducted some ice breaker activities which was followed by ship tours and then one of Chef Jarod's fantastic dinners.

Following dinner I took the opportunity to speak to the Youth Crew and outlined my expectations for the voyage. I also discussed what lay ahead over the next twelve days and the challenges they will face. The first of these challenges is occurring this evening with everyone attempting first climbs and it is hoped that by late this evening everyone will have succeeded in climbing the foremast (33m to the topgallant yard) and in doing so, successfully completing the first of many challenges. Anyway I had better finish here as my services are required back up the foremast.

Until Tomorrow, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Gav