Latitude: 
33° 51' South
Longitude: 
151° 14' East
Conditions: 
At anchor Athol Bay, Port Jackson - Weather Clear Skies, Wind West 5 knots, Swell Nil, Temperature 19 degrees, Barometer 1015 hpa.
Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to Young Endeavour's eighteenth voyage for 2010. Our journey starts from sunny Sydney and concludes in bustling Melbourne. We have a magnificent tall ship, forecast wind for our sails and the South East Coast to explore. The potential is limitless and sense of adventure is infectious.

To facilitate our adventure under sail I would like to introduce the nine Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage during the next 11 days:

Captain Damien
Sail Master Dutchy
Navigator Joel
Watch Officer Jarrod
Red Watch Leader Snowy
White Watch Leader Taffy
Blue Watch Leader Carly
Chef Adrian
Engineer Josh

Voyage 18/10 officially commenced at 1500 today when 29 Youth Crew (15 females and 12 males) from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at Fleet Base East, 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 farewelled.

Young Endeavour then departed Fleet Base East at 1550 and conducted a scenic transit across the harbour to a sheltered anchorage in Athol Bay opposite Taronga Zoo were the ship was protected from the prevailing North East winds. The Youth Crew under the direction of their watch leaders, conducted ship familiarisation and a number of ���ice breaker' activities to integrate the members of each watch.

Once safely at anchor the first of many very tasty meals crafted by ���master chef' Adrian was devoured. After dinner both the Sail Master Dutchy and I discussed with the Youth Crew, voyage expectations, requirements 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. The view of Sydney Harbour from the Topgallant yard was inspiring.

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 or pumpkin soup 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 and depart Athol Bay weighing anchor at 0730 before proceeding out between Sydney Heads and shaping a course south east, commencing to make ground towards Melbourne. 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