Captain's Log
11 October 2010

Day 1 – Williamstown

Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to Young Endeavour’s nineteenth voyage for 2010. Our journey starts from sunny Melbourne and concludes in Adelaide. We have a magnificent tall ship, forecast wind for our sails and the southern 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 nine Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage during the next 11 days:Captain DamienSail Master TaffyNavigator DutchyWatch Officer Ian Red Watch Leader CarlyWhite Watch Leader TugBlue Watch Leader PennyChef SnowyEngineer HortoVoyage 19/10 officially commenced at 1500 today when 23 Youth Crew (11 females and 12 males) from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at Workshop Jetty, Williamstown. 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 farewelled. Young Endeavour then departed at 1615 after the last geographically confused Youth Crew member joined the ship. We then conducted a short transit to our overnight anchorage at Hobsons Banks. 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 safely at anchor the first of many very tasty meals crafted by ���master chef’ Snowy was devoured. After dinner both the Sail Master Taffy 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 Melbourne 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 at 0830 before proceeding across Port Phillip Bay and out of ���The Rip’ at 1700 before shaping a westerly course, commencing to make ground towards Adelaide. 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


37° 51' South / 144° 55' East


2359 at anchor - Weather Cloudy, Wind SE 5 kts, Swell Nil, Temperature 16 degrees, Barometer 1016 hpa