Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to Young Endeavour’s seventeenth voyage for 2011. Our journey commences in Sydney and concludes in Eden. To facilitate our adventure under sail, it is an honour to introduce the nine Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage during the next 11days:
Sail Master Kristy-Lee
Watch Officer Dion
Red Watch Leader Guv
White Watch Leader Paul
Blue Watch Leader Tug
The voyage officially commenced at 1500 today when 27 Youth Crew from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at Fleet Base East, Woolloomooloo. 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.
The ship cast off lines and departed the wharf at 1600, proceeded across Port Jackson and anchored in Athol Bay opposite Taronga Zoo with a fabulous view of the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House. 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 11 days onboard were discussed. Then without further ado in benign conditions, some nerves, a few jelly like legs, a great deal of courage and a lot of determination our new crew proceeded aloft onto the foremast for their first night climb. The surrounding view of Sydney from the topgallant yard was breathtaking.
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 and commencing our first phase of sail handling in Port Jackson.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.