Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to Young Endeavour’s twenty first and last voyage for 2011. Our journey commences in Hobart and concludes in Sydney. 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 12 days:
Sail Master Matt
Watch Officers Sandon and Guv
Red Watch Leader Joel
White Watch Leader Tug and Dougie
Blue Watch Leader Adrian
The voyage officially commenced at 1500 today when 24 Youth Crew from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at Elizabeth Street Pier, Sullivans Cove. Once all possessions had been stowed, all hands were mustered on deck for a welcome address and staff introductions before friends and family were emotionally farewelled. All lines were cast off and the ship departed for Sandy Bay adjacent Wrest Point for an overnight anchorage.
The Youth Crew under the direction of their watch leaders, 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 12 days onboard were discussed. Then without further ado in cold conditions, 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 in cold conditions. The surrounding view of Hobart from aloft was both inspiring and invigorating.
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 to participate in Mawson 100 flotilla celebrating the centenary of Sir Douglas Mawson departing Hobart for his exploration of the Antarctica continent.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.