Voyage name: 
27 February - 09 March
2300 at anchor - Weather overcast, Wind E 5 knots, Swell nil, Temperature 23 degrees, Barometer 1011 hpa

Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to Young Endeavour's fifth voyage for 2011. Our journey commences and concludes in Sydney. We have a magnificent tall ship, forecast wind for our sails and the NSW coast to explore. The potential is limitless and sense of adventure is infectious.

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 11days:

Captain Damien
Sail Master Tug
Navigator Kenny
Watch Officer Taffy
Red Watch Leader Guv
White Watch Leader Dutchy
Blue Watch Leader Adrian
Assistant Blue Watch Leader Bec
Chef Sammi
Engineer Leon

Voyage 05/11 officially commenced at 1500 today when 24 Youth Crew (12 females and 12 males) 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, staff introductions were conducted before friends and family were emotionaly farewelled.

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 Sammi was consumed. After dinner, the ship cast off all lines and departed Fleet Base East, transiting the short distance to the scheduled night anchorage in Hunters Bay adjacent to Balmoral Beach, Port Jackson. Once at anchor and voyage expectations, requirements and safety aspects for the next 11 days onboard were discussed. Then without further ado, some nerves, a few jelly like legs, a great deal of courage and a lot of determination every single member of our new team proceeded aloft onto the foremast for their first night climb. The surrounding view of Sydney Harbour from the topgallant yard was inspiring.

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, weigh anchor in the forenoon before proceeding out through Sydney Heads and into the South Pacific Ocean.

Until tomorrow evening, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien