Voyage name: 
V02/21 Sydney to Sydney
09 Mar - 19 Mar 2021
Latitude: 
33 51s
Longitude: 
151 14e
Conditions: 
Wind: NW at 6 knots Weather: Rain Rain Rain Sea: Calm Location: At anchor Double Bay, Sydney.
Ahoy shipmates...Day 10. Well, we made it, thanks to the efforts of an amazing youth. Command Day had it all...wind, waves, rain, dolphins! We are now safely at anchor in Sydney Harbour and tonight are reflecting an the past 10 days...Jervis Bay, Jerusalem Bay, Patonga Beach, Broken Bay and Port Hacking...not sure we have crammed enough in!;)

Myself and the staff crew have thoroughly enjoyed having these remarkable and adventurous young Australians onboard, they are now part of the Young Endeavour family...over 14,000 strong and growing. Tomorrow we will bid our final farewells as we arrive at HMAS Waterhen...with the rain event hitting Sydney it's going to be a tad wet...but nowhere near enough to dampen spirits. I'm certain they will all leave with stories to tell (and perhaps some slight exaggerations) and friendships made...it's been a hoot! I'll hand you over the youth crew Captain, Sailmaster and Navigator for some final comments. For the final time this voyage, I bid you all fair winds and following seas, Captain Kenny...out!

Ahoy there! We have youth Captain Andrea, youth Navigator Davo and youth Sail Master Sas here to wrap up the crazy adventure that was Command Day. Following on from yesterday, it's safe to say that the evening challenged us beyond anything we've ever attempted before. Through the highs and the lows, the youth crew were able to navigate our way through to the other side and band together as a strong and dedicated team. We had some challenging conditions overnight with a difficult sea state, but we are very proud to say that we sailed all the way from Port Hacking to Sydney Harbour ourselves, arriving at anchor in the early hours of this morning. None of this would have been possible without the resilience, strength, and courage of the youthies, who selflessly woke during all hours of the night and for long periods of time to set and furl sails as well as wear the ship, and some laying aloft the mast whilst the ship was rolling side to side.

We didn't let fatigue wear us down as this morning was jam packed with fun activities, including building a rope hammock at 0400 that held the weight of all the youthies (huge shoutout to Daniel, Braedon and Lachie), drew a mural in colourful chalk on the deck depicting the amazing time we've had aboard the Young Endeavour, held a fun trivia contest, and had the best 15 minute disco ever to celebrate our time here. Of course, today would not have been possible without the guidance of the staffies over the past ten days. We have learnt so much from them and will take these lessons with us to apply to the rest of our lives. During our time aboard they treated us like family and taught us the ropes (pun intended) and we can't thank them enough for their positive attitude and passion towards giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity.

We finished this evening with a heart-warming slideshow, a tear-jerking poem courtesy of Witney and some fun sea shanties, sing-a-longs and dances. That's all from us, it's been wild, wonderful and a time we'll never forget. Good bye for now, we'll see you on the high seas!
You may leave Young Endeavour, but Young Endeavour never leaves you!