Cool and clear, just a bit of a breeze.
Welcome to Young Endeavour’s Voyage 10 for 2017. Our journey starts in the Harbour City of Sydney and will conclude in Brisbane in eleven days. We have a magnificent tall ship, wind for our sails and the NSW Coast 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 – Kyle
Navigator – Adam
Watch Officer – Evan
Red Watch Leader – Brendon with Supernumerary Mark
White Watch Leader – Loz
Blue Watch Leader – Jimmy with Supernumerary Madeline
Chef – Cinnamon
Engineer - Allan and Brett
Voyage 10 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 the Navy Fleet Base East and anchored in Athol Bay, near Taronga Park Zoo, to commence the afternoon’s activities. 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 Cinnamon amazing us with her excellent culinary skills. Once we had cleaned up from dinner, I had a bit of chat to the Youth Crew about what their voyage would entail. On completion, Kyle, as Sail Master, gave his talk about some of the rules and safety aspects of Young Endeavour before giving a safety aloft brief and a demonstration on how to climb the foremast. On completion I undertook a harness confidence demonstration for all members of Youth Crew. This involved attaching to a man overboard davit, trained inboard over the deck, and inverting to show everyone that they will not fall out of their harnesses. This is our final safety check prior to commencing our first climbs.
This evening, with some nerves and a great deal of courage and determination every member of the Youth Crew undertook their first climb above the deck and made it climbing as high as they could on the foremast. This was a huge achievement on the first day onboard. This completed today’s activities and the crew then turned in for their first nights sleep onboard Young Endeavour.
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.
Tuesday mid-morning we plan to depart Sydney Harbour and shape a course to the North.
Until Tuesday evening, take care.