Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to Young Endeavour’s Fourteenth Voyage for 2010. Our journey starts from tropical Cairns and concludes in Townsville. We have a magnificent tall ship, wind for our sails and the Inner Great Barrier Reef to explore. The potential is limitless and sense of adventure is infectious. I would like to introduce the Team of Staff Crew that will facilitate this voyage of adventure:Captain DamienSail Master AdamNavigator DutchyWatch Officer PaulRed Watch Leader DanWhite Watch Leader TaffyBlue Watch Leader CarlyChef AdrianEngineer Josh After a busy two day port visit Voyage 14/10 officially commenced at 1500 today when 27 new Youth Crew embarked Young Endeavour. Once all gear had been stowed, everyone mustered on deck for a welcome address and staff introductions. On completion of the address friends and family were farewelled and the crew conducted safety lectures and a number of ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ice breaker’ activities concluding with a comprehensive ship tour. The first of many very tasty dinners crafted by ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½master chef’ Adrian was then enjoyed by all. After dinner both the Sail Master and myself discussed with the Youth Crew voyage expectations, rules, regulations and safety aspects for the next 11 days. Then without further ado, some nerves, a few ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½jelly likeï¿½ï¿½ 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. I am very pleased to report that all of the Youth Crew has done 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 each has now turned in for a well deserved first night sleep in Young Endeavour.Tomorrow morning we will depart the Port of Cairns at 0730 and shape a course to the south east and commence making ground to Townsville. It has the makings of a fantastic voyage on this magnificent Tall Ship and all the crew are incredibly excited at the prospects.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien
@2330, Overcast, Wind SE 8 knots, Swell nil, Sea State nil, Temp 20 degrees, Barometer 1017.
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Day 2 found the ship tucked away nice and snug in the lee of the lovely, Mud Island in Moreton Bay. Hands were called at 0630 and the youth crew's presence was kindly requested topside for a bit of move and shake, for our first early morning activity. Then it was away to wash and eat before morning brief took place on the bridge after the formalities of our Colours ceremony at 0800. Dion hatched the plan for the day and then Theresa (our lifesaving and safety equipment expert) took charge for a collective closer look at said lifesaving equipment. Whilst that was happening, remaining staff weighed anchor under a gorgeous blue and sun drenched day and we commenced our pilotage out of Moreton Bay - with Emma the Navigator as our trusty Pilot. Once Theresa had completed her briefing, youth crew turned-to cleaning stations, or as we call it, "happy hour". Whales, turtles and dolphins frolicked as we sailed past them and then out into the Coral Sea we went. A large cargo ship tooted their horn, 'adieu', and we responded in kind. All the while our sea puppies set and furled the sails, had a wee break for lunch, then continued with same all afternoon. Finally, when watch leaders gave me the nod, I gave Dion a wink and he called the ship to tacking stations. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, it was with almost mechanical precision that this youth crew of ours, performed their duties in a well oiled fashion, and they did tack this ship, back and forth, several times to drill and practice the required actions to manouevre this beautiful ship through the wind. I was well impressed. Bravo I said, then Dion stood them down for half an hour. Dinner was taken at 1715, then the youth crew turned-to sea watches, to assist with navigational safety overnight, whilst the others slept soundly. Each watch would take a four hour trick to follow the navigation plan by helm, keep lookout duties and conduct hourly rounds throughout the night. Additionally they would consolidate sail handling and climbing procedures. If they didn't know, now they know - This here is a working ship and we have no passengers embarked. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+