Latitude: 
33° 50' South
Longitude: 
151° 14' East
Conditions: 
Currently at anchor in Athol Bay and experiencing moderate NE winds.
Ahoy Shipmates,
Happy New Year and welcome to the commencement of Voyage 01/09 from Sydney to Georgetown. This is our first voyage for 2009 and the start of another exciting year for the Youth Crew and Staff of Young Endeavour.

Today's voyage commenced with a welcome to the new Youth Crew, family and friends at Fleet Base East, Sydney. With family, friends and well-wishers farewelled, the lines were cast off at 1600 and the ship completed a rather difficult departure from her berth (took me two attempts due to the strong north easterly winds) and proceeded to our planned anchorage in Athol Bay, where we will spend our first night. Once safely at anchor members of the Youth Crew started to familiarise themselves with their new home. This was followed with some ���ice breaker�� activities which assists the Youth Crew in getting acquainted with their fellow YC. After one of Chef Chad's fantastic 3 course dinners we began our climbing safety training which is now well underway. It is hoped that during the evening all of the Youth Crew will achieve climbing to the topgallant yard (which is the highest yard at the top of the foremast). Tonight's climbing should all be completed by 2315, when I expect that a very tired Youth Crew will be ready to enjoy the newfound comforts of their Young Endeavour bunks.

Tomorrow, will see the Youth Crew complete deck safety training, line handling and sail setting procedures prior to the ship departing Sydney Harbour and commencing our journey south. Weather conditions over the next 3 days look favourable for a good sail down the NSW coast.

Until tomorrow, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Gav