20° 15' South
148° 42' East
Alongside Abel Point Marina Airlie Beach
Hello everyone,

Welcome to Young Endeavour's Thirteenth Voyage for 2010. Our journey starts from stunning Airlie Beach and concludes in tropical Cairns . We have a magnificent tall ship, wind for our sails and the Inner Great Barrier Reef to explore. The potential is limitless and sense of adventure is infectious.

I would like to introduce the Team of Staff Crew that will facilitate this voyage of adventure:

Captain ��� Damien
Sail Master ��� Taffy
Navigator ��� Joel
Assistant Navigator - Sophie
Watch Officer ��� Kenny
Red Watch Leader ��� Carly
White Watch Leader ��� Tug
Blue Watch Leader ��� Dutchy
Chef ��� Adrian
Engineer - Josh
Medic - Penny

After a busy port visit in Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach where the ship held an open day for 217 visitors and then sadly farewelled the ships Captain of the last 30 months, Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe who now returns back to the regular Navy.

Voyage thirteen officially commenced at 1400 today when the new Youth Crew of 19 participants of the Defence Indigenous Development Program ��� Navy all heralding from the Torres Strait Islands embarked Young Endeavour. Once all gear had been stowed, everyone mustered on deck for a welcome address and staff introductions. On completion of the address friends and family were farewelled and the crew conducted safety lectures and a number of ���ice breaker' activities, a ship tour, concluding with discussions from both the Sail Master and myself regarding voyage expectations, rules, regulations and safety aspects for the next 11 days.

The first of many very tasty dinners crafted by ���master chef' Adrian was then enjoyed by all. On completion the crew then celebrated Lottie Jawai 20th birthday with a huge chocolate mud cake, once again designed and built by Adrian.

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 have done extremely well on their first day and I am from the outset impressed with both their individual efforts and team attitude. Each has now turned in for a well deserved first night sleep in Young Endeavour.

Tomorrow morning we will depart Airlie Beach and shape a course to the North West and Cairns. It has the makings of a fantastic voyage on this fine Tall Ship and all the crew are incredibly excited at the prospects.

Until tomorrow evening, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien