Latitude: 
33° 50' South
Longitude: 
151° 14' East
Conditions: 
Currently at anchor in Athol Bay and experiencing 15-20 E-SE winds.
Hi Everyone,
Welcome to the commencement of Voyage 05-09 from Sydney to Brisbane and the first leg of YOUNG ENDEAVOURS 2009 Circumnavigation of Australia.

Today's voyage began in wet conditions with a welcome to the Youth Crew and a large number of family and friends at Fleet Base East Berth 5A. With family, friends and well-wishers farewelled, the lines were cast off at 1600 and the ship departed her berth, conducting a well executed ���turn at rest', before proceeding out of Fleet Base and transiting the short distance to our planned anchorage in Athol Bay. Once at anchor all watches completed ���ice breaker' activities before commencing Ships tours. As stated in today's opening address the food onboard YE is fantastic and Chef Jarods's dinner tonight was of the normal high standard that we have come to enjoy on YE. Following dinner it was strait into Captain and Sail Master talks followed by climbing aloft safety briefs. At the moment all watches are attempting their first climb of the foremast and it is hoped that by late this evening all of the YC will have achieved their first goal of climbing to the topgallant yard (highest yard). Once the YC have completed this climb the training program for today will be complete and everyone will turn in for their first night onboard YE.

Update: The time is now 2220 and all of the Youth Crew have achieved climbing to the topgallant yard which is a great effort for the first night.

Given the poor weather conditions that we are currently experiencing on the NSW coast it is planned to remain in Sydney Harbour and monitor our weather forecasts before making a decision on when we will depart Sydney Harbour. At the moment the conditions are forecast to improve from PM tomorrow.

Until tomorrow take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Gav