Latitude: 
37° 4' South
Longitude: 
149° 54' East
Conditions: 

2300 alongside - weather scattered cloud, wind NE 14 knots, swell nil, temperature 20 degrees, barometer 1019 hpa

Ahoy there everyone,


I hope everyone enjoyed a fantastic Christmas and New Year. Welcome to Young Endeavour’s second voyage for 2012, our journey commenced today in Eden and concludes in Sydney. To facilitate our adventure under sail, it is an honour to introduce the eleven Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage during the next 11 days:



Captain Damien

Sail Master Kim

Navigator Kristy-Lee

Watch Officers Matt

Red Watch Leaders Dougie

White Watch Leader JB and Komo

Blue Watch Leader Carly and Luke

Chef Squiz

Engineer Mick



The voyage officially commenced at 1500 today when 27 Youth Crew from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at the Breakwater Wharf, Snug Cove. Once all possessions had been stowed below, all hands were mustered on deck for a welcome address and staff introductions before friends and family were emotionally farewelled.



Then under the direction of their watch leaders, the Youth Crew conducted ship familiarisation and a number of introduction activities to integrate the members of each watch. Once completed the first of many very tasty meals crafted by master chef Squiz was consumed. After dinner, voyage expectations, requirements and safety aspects for the next 11 days onboard were discussed. Then without further ado, some nerves, a great deal of courage and a lot of determination every single member of our new crew proceeded aloft onto the foremast for their first night climb. The surrounding view of Twofold Bay from aloft was both inspiring and invigorating in the fresh winds.



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 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 awake at 0630, before casting off all lines mid morning and commencing sail training for the day in Twofold Bay, then commence shaping a course north.



Until tomorrow evening, take care.



Yours Aye



Captain Damien