Well we finally left Sydney - 'hooray' was the collective cry, followed later in the afternoon with some cries of a different kind as some very green faces appeared.
Overnight weather conditions deteriorated and by this morning a 35 knot easterly wind blew driving rain at us for most of the day. Conditions on deck were, and still are, quite unpleasant.
Young Endeavour is back. After a very successful maintenance period, the ship is up and running again, looking spic and span and has got that new car smell.
For our final day the weather started off foggy and cold. All the Youth Crew were rugged up in wet weather gear and laid aloft to man the yards for the arrival home.
The Command Day finished at 0800 this morning when Tom Strong, Nigel Thembrow and David Boon guided the ship through Sydney Heads and to anchor in Rose Bay.
After a night at anchor where much discussion was held about plans for Command Day, I handed Command of Young Endeavour to Emma-Jane Ford, 23, of Bellingen, NSW and Youth Crew 15A/00 at a ceremony at
After a peaceful night at anchor in the serene surroundings of Jervis Bay, we rose early for morning exercise - we also went for a swim.
Well we certainly have experienced all types of sailing conditions this Voyage. The Youth Crew had a taste of some very strong winds overnight.
The Youth Crew were in an excellent mood when we cast off lines and sailed from our overnight berth in Hunter's Bay.
Early this morning Red Watch weighed the anchor and got the ship underway. We departed Broken Bay whilst it was still dark and the rest of the crew slept.