Day 1 – Hobart
Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to Young Endeavour’s first voyage for 2011. Our journey starts from sultry Hobart and will conclude in Devonport. We have a magnificent tall ship, forecast wind for our sails and the Tasmanian coastline 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 nine Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage during the next 11 days:Captain DamienSail Master KennyNavigator JoelWatch Officer Matt Red Watch Leader CarlyWhite Watch Leader PennyBlue Watch Leader DanChef SnowyEngineer LindsayVoyage 01/11 officially commenced at 1500 today when 23 Youth Crew (11 females and 12 males) from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at Macquarie Street Wharf. 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 sadly farewelled before all lines were cast off and the ship departed her berth for the short transit to the first night anchorage adjacent the Wrest Point Casino at Sandy Bay. The Youth Crew under the direction of their watch leaders, conducted ship familiarisation and a number of ice breaker activities to integrate the members of each watch. Once completed the first of many very tasty meals crafted by master chef Snowy was consumed. After dinner both the Sail Master Kenny and I discussed with the Youth Crew, voyage expectations, requirements and safety aspects for the next 11 days onboard. 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 Hobart and the Derwent River 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 or pumpkin soup 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 and depart our anchorage, weighing anchor midmorning before proceeding out of the Derwent River and along the Dentrecasteaux Channel between Bruny Island and the mainland. 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
2300 at anchor - Weather overcast, Wind E 8 knots, Swell nil, Barometer 1018 hpa, Temperature 12.5 degrees
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