Captain's Log
V03/17 Geelong (VIC) to Hobart (TAS)
29 January 2017

Day One – Departed Geelong

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to Young Endeavours third voyage for 2017 and our seventeenth voyage of our 2016/17 Circumnavigation of Australia. This voyage will see us sail from Geelong to Hobart via the East Coast of Tasmania which is just short of 500nm. Along the way we will get to sail across the infamous Bass Strait and then explore some of the spectacular coastline along Tasmania’s picturesque East Coast. We have put together another great Staff Crew for this voyage who I know will take great care of our new Youth Crew ensuring that they all have an amazing experience.

The Young Endeavour Staff Crew for this voyage are as follows:

Captain – Gav
Sail Master – Evan
Navigator – Adam
Red Watch Leader – Kimberly
White Watch Leader – James P
Blue Watch Leader – James B
Chef – Marcos
Engineer – Danny

The voyage commenced at 1500 today when the new Youth Crew joined Young Endeavour berthed at Geelong’s Cunningham Pier. Once gear had been stowed and family and guests had been given a tour of the ship I gave my welcome address then farewelled our guests. A safety brief followed then at 1600 lines were cast off and we safely departed our berth and commenced the 15nm passage to Portarlington which was our planned anchor for the evening. During this passage we completed some ‘ice breaker’ activities and ships tours.

Dinner followed with Chef Marcos producing the first of many amazing meals then at 1830 we came safely to anchor just to the north of the Portarlington Marina. While this was occurring James completed another safety brief which was followed by Captains and Sail Master chats. During these chats we discuss our expectations and give the Youth Crew a rundown of what they can expect during the next eleven days of the voyage.

The time is now 2030 and all of the watches are either doing deck safety or completing Full Value Contracts with their respective Watch Leaders. This should continue until 2200 when we should have completed all of our first day activities. It has been a good start to the voyage and I am pleased how well the Youth Crew have already settled into their new environment.

Tomorrow morning we will undertake first climbs of the foremast then just prior to lunch weigh anchor and complete our pilotage out of Port Phillip Bay passing through the infamous ‘Rip’ between 1400-1500 and commence our passage across Bass Strait.

For Information: Our faulty Yellow Brick Tracker has now been replaced so you should be able to see exactly where we are when you go to our Captains Log Website.

Also a big congratulations!!! to Megan (one of our great Staffies) who got married on Saturday.

Until tomorrow, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Gav


38 06 S / 144 39 E


Currently at anchor at Portarlington and experiencing light ESE winds with nil swell. The current temperature is a very pleasant 20 degrees.