Latitude: 
33° 50' South
Longitude: 
151° 14' East
Conditions: 
Currently at anchor in Athol Bay and experiencing light NE winds.
Hi Everyone,
The weather improved overnight and it was an overcast but fine morning that greeted the Crew of Young Endeavour this morning. On completion of breakfast and morning brief it was straight into a deck wash down and cleaning stations in preparation for the arrival of our Half Day Sail guests. At 0945 guests embarked including children from the Pennant Hills High School Special Needs Group, Corporate and Community sponsors, Navy personnel and a number of family and friends. Following a short welcome and safety brief the ship slipped and proceeded into the harbour for a three hour cruise. All of our guests had a wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed the whole Young Endeavour Experience. The Youth Crew also had a great day and acted as the perfect hosts. The ship returned alongside at 1300 and following a brief farewell our guests departed the ship. After a short break we conducted the final set of rope races and then the Youth Crew lay aloft to put sea furls on all of the sails. On completion of these furls the ship slipped and proceeded to anchor in Athol Bay for the final night of the voyage. This evening we held the final ���teak deck' BBQ for the voyage which was followed by a photograph slide show held on deck which gave everyone the opportunity to reflect on their experiences during the past 10 days. The rest of this evening has been spent with the YC completing end of voyage questionnaires and ���letters to themselves��, which are returned to each YC member six months after voyage completion. Whilst the YC were completing these final administration tasks the Staff Crew took the opportunity to conduct our ���end of voyage�� debriefs.

At 0930 tomorrow morning, Young Endeavour will weigh anchor and proceed to Fleet Base East Berth 5A, were we will berth for the final time for this voyage at 1000. Following a brief ceremony we will say our final farewells to the Youth Crew of Voyage 19-09.

This voyage is the last one of year and completes Young Endeavours 2009 Circumnavigation of Australia. Since departing Sydney on the 23rd May we have visited 14 ports, sailed 9,916nm and embarked 357 Youth Crew. We have seen some amazing scenery and met some wonderful people. It has been a huge adventure for all us and one that we will all remember for a very long time.

On Friday 11th December Young Endeavour will enter a 3 week Reduced Activity Period which will give all of the Staff an opportunity to take a well earned break over the Christmas period.

We will sail again on the 5th January when we commence our 2010 program with Voyage 01-10 from Sydney to Newcastle.

From all of the Staff Crew of Young Endeavour:

Merry Christmas and have wonderful New Year

Yours Aye

Captain Gav