Latitude: 
27° 26' South
Longitude: 
153° 4' East
Conditions: 
2359 Alongside Bulimba Barracks Wharf - Scattered Cloud, Wind SW 7 knots, Swell nil, Temperature 19 degrees, Barometer 1015 hpa
Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to Young Endeavour's seventh voyage for 2010. Our journey starts from sunny Brisbane and concludes in bustling Sydney. We have a magnificent tall ship, forecast wind for our sails and the East Coast to explore. The potential is limitless and sense of adventure is infectious. To facilitate this adventure under sail I would like to introduce the nine Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage:

Captain Damien
Sail Master Taffy
Navigator Adam
Watch Officer Dutchy
Red Watch Leader Penny
White Watch Leader Tug
Blue Watch Leader Adrian
Chef Snowy
Engineer Josh

Voyage 17/10 officially commenced at 1500 today when 24 Youth Crew (12 females and 12 males) from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at Dockside Marina, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. Once all possessions had been stowed, all hands mustered on deck for a welcome address and staff introductions after which friends and family were farewelled.

Young Endeavour then departed the Marina shortly thereafter and conducted a scenic transit of the Brisbane River while the Youth Crew under the direction of their new watch leaders, conducted ship familiarisation and a number of ���ice breaker' activities to integrate the members of each watch.

After the 50 minute down river transit the ship berthed at Bulimba Barracks wharf, once safely alongside the first of many very tasty dinners crafted by ���master chef' Snowy was enjoyed by all. After dinner both the Sail Master and I discussed with the Youth Crew, voyage expectations, rules, regulations and safety aspects for the next 11 days onboard. Then without further ado, some nerves, a few ���jelly like�� legs, a great deal of courage and a lot of determination every single member of our new team proceeded aloft onto the foremast for their first night climb.

I am very pleased to report that all of the Youth Crew performed extremely well on their first day and I am from the outset impressed with both their individual efforts and team attitude. After having a celebratory hot chocolate or pumpkin soup followed by a 90 second shower, each has now turned in for a well deserved first night sleep in Young Endeavour.

Tomorrow morning we will depart Bulimba Barracks wharf transit the remainder of the Brisbane River, across Moreton Bay and exit the North East channel before shaping a course south east and commence making ground towards Sydney. It has the makings of a fantastic voyage on this magnificent Tall Ship and all the crew are incredibly excited at the prospects.

Until tomorrow evening, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien