37° 1' South
174° 8' East
high winds and rain
Ahoy Shipmates -

What a day - in between the high winds and showers we have been
having, we took the opportunity to get out and see some of Auckland
with a bus tour this morning. This included the Auckland Museum and
some other great sights. during the afternoon we played sport at a
local park in the rain. Great fun was had by all with a water
skidding competiion thrown in - more fun than Wet 'n Wild...

This evening we had the ship's concert, with each watch and the
staffies putting together a skit, as well as Georgie and the Doc
reliving four or so long, wet and cold hours in the Rhib (ships boat)
for the Commonwealth Games baton handover. It was great fun and we
all had a huge laugh. After the concert the Youth Crew took time out
to complete thier voyage questionnaires and reflective letters (which
will be posted to them six months or so after their voyage to remind
themselves fof the life-goals they have set and their experiences
while onboard).

With the formal part of the youth development program now at
an end, we are turning our minds towards the Auckland harbour
festival, Australia Day, and the tall ships races. For Australia Day
we are hosting an official reception for 120 guests onboard to
celebrate - it should be a great event, and give the Youth Crew an
opportunity to once again represent the youth of Australia and show
off their ship to some prominent New Zealanders.

The trans - Tasman rivalry has started already with some good natured
banter between ship's crews about who will win the tall ships races -
we all know that Young Endeavour will be the best on the day...

Until tomorrow,

Yours Aye,


Chris Galloway
Lieutenant Commander, RAN
Commanding Officer