Captain's Log
15 January 2011


Ahoy there everyone,Welcome to Young Endeavour’s second voyage for 2011. Our journey starts from Devonport and will conclude in Geelong. We have a magnificent tall ship, forecast wind for our sails and Bass Strait 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 11days:Captain DamienSail Master TaffyNavigator DutchyWatch Officer TugRed Watch Leader CarlyWhite Watch Leader KennyBlue Watch Leader KimChef AdrianEngineer LeonVoyage 01/11 officially commenced at 1500 today when 28 Youth Crew (16 females and 12 males) from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour. 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.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 Adrian 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 Devonport and the Mersey 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 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 before departing our berth at 1000 and proceeding into Bass Strait It has the makings of a fantastic voyage on this magnificent tall ship.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


41°11's / 146°21'e


2300 Alongside - Weather Clear, Wind W 10 knots, Swell nil, Temperature 18 degrees, Barometer 1007 hpa