Voyage name: 
Trans Tasman
12 January - 29 January
Sailing near Auckland, have cleared Customs at Opua

As of 1300 this afternoon the youth crew aboard voyage 00/06 assumed
control of Young Endeavour. To an exceptional display of staff
confidence (Chris in a life jacket and 90s hawaian shirts on all the
staff's backs) we set sail.

And so far it's pretty magic. All twenty-three of the other youth
crew on this ship make an exceptional team, and from the two tacks
that the team executed fifteen minutes ago with Dan as Executive
Officer, Justin and Jack as our navigators, and Kristy, Bridey and
Tom as watch-leaders, to the dinner cooked and served by our chefs
Michael, Mel and Megan earlier on, not even the weather could be
better. The picture perfect blue ocean, blue skies and fair wind was
even captured multiple times when we had twenty youth crew all on the
yards of the foremast.

But then again this is command day and we're all figuring there must
be some unexpected challenges looming pretty soon after I finish
writing this. As it stands we just got informed that one of the
sails functioning perfectly well had actually been "badly damaged in
a squall and had to be taken down immediately". With no squalls
cited by any member of youth crew, and a perfectly well functioning
sail contributing to our five knot speed, we think the ensuring story
of an albatross flying through it or references to a killer tsunami
from staffie Rachel didn't make the lie any better. But anyway, as it
stands the "damaged" sail is now furled, we'll be up during the night
with all hands to tacking stations a couple of times and for the
morrow the prospect of some pretty challenging time- objectives to
be met. But if anything, the last ten days has really shown that even
bad weather and whatever other challenges occur on this ship can be a
blast. For the next sixteen hours we plan to continue that fun...
we'll keep you posted!

The temporary replacement captain with no naval qualifications
following her name signing off,