2300 alongside - weather clear skies, wind SW 12 knots, swell nil, temperature 18 degrees, barometer 1011 hpa
Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to Young Endeavour’s fourth voyage for 2012, our journey commenced today in Newcastle and concludes in Brisbane. To facilitate our adventure under sail, it is an honour to introduce the ten Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage during the next 11 days:
Sail Master Dion
Watch Officers Sandon
Red Watch Leaders Guv
White Watch Leader Paul and Komo
Blue Watch Leader Leon
The voyage officially commenced at 1500 when 27 Youth Crew from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at Queens Wharf, Newcastle Harbour. Once all baggage had been stowed below, all hands were mustered on deck for a welcome address and staff introductions before friends and family were farewelled. After settling in and attending a safety brief the ship cast off last line at 1640 and proceeded to an overnight berth alongside Throsby Wharf, Newcastle Harbour.
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 Luke was eagerly 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 Newcastle 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 weighing anchor mid morning in order to conduct sail training for the day in Port Jackson. On completion the ship will exit Newcastle Harbour into the Coral Sea and commence shaping a course north for Brisbane.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.