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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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike