Voyage name: 
V12/18 Brisbane to Mackay
07 Jul - 17 Jul 2018
Ahoy all,

Let me start by introducing myself…Lieutenant Commander Andrew (Kenny) Callander at
your service. I was deeply honoured to assume Command from Captain Mike on Wednesday
4 th July 2018, and look forward the next few years as Captain of Young Endeavour. This is my
3rd posting to this fine vessel, having held both the Navigator and Executive Officer positions
previously. I hope to utilise the skills I have gained from this experience to full advantage
during my Command. And why Captain Kenny I hear you ask. I joined the Navy as a sailor
way back in 1994 and on day one was christened “Kenny” by a rough and gruff Navy cook
when he read my name tag as I was lining up at the servery for dinner. Those older readers
may recall a famous race caller by the name of Ken Callander...and the rest, as they say, is
history.

But enough about me…let’s move on. The Staff Crew for this voyage are:

Captain - Kenny
Sailmaster - Harry
Navigator - Kyle
Watch Officer - Paige
White Watch Leader - Blake
Red Watch Leader - Karly
Blue Watch Leader - Darren (Sumo)
Chef - Zac
Engineer - Brett

We embarked the Youth Crew at 1500 today at HMAS Moreton, with quite a large number
of family and friends attending to farewell their loved ones. After the stowage of kit, ship
tours for visitors, welcome address, and introduction of the Staff Crew, some tearful
goodbyes were made. Once friends and family had departed, the Voyage proper
commenced with watch introductions and ice breaker activities. Due to the expected
weather overnight (strong south westerlies), and lack of a suitable anchorage in Moreton
Bay, we have decided to remain alongside Moreton, departing at 0900 tomorrow morning.

After a hearty meal from Chef Zac the usual first night routine commenced with Engineer,
Sailmaster, and Captain’s talks, followed by the harness safety and climbing briefs. All seem
enthused for first night climbs, however I sense there may have been a little “false bravado”
at play. It has been quite a cool night (currently 14 degrees with wind chill) so a celebratory
hot chocolate will be in order once all have returned from aloft. It will then be time for
Youth Crew to turn in for some much needed rest in preparation for what promises to be a
busy Day 2 as we transit the Brisbane river and exit Moreton Bay on our way north.

I look forward to keeping you apprised of our exploits throughout the Voyage and will leave
you with the words of the writer Kenneth (another Kenny) Grahame –

“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about
in boats”.

Until tomorrow,

Yours Aye
Captain Kenny