Captain's Log
14 January 2010


Hi Everyone,The weather improved overnight and it was an overcast but fine morning that greeted the Crew of Young Endeavour this morning. On completion of breakfast and morning brief it was straight into a deck wash down and cleaning stations in preparation for the arrival of our Half Day Sail guests. At 0945 guests embarked from the Australian Signing Choir, prospective community sponsors and a number of family and friends. Following a short welcome and safety brief the ship slipped and commenced a three hour cruise within the confines of Newcastle Harbour. All of our guests had a wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed the whole Young Endeavour Experience. The Youth Crew also had a great day and acted as the perfect hosts. The ship returned alongside at Queens Wharf at 1300 and following a brief farewell our guests disembarked. After a short break we embarked stores for the next voyage then lay aloft to put harbour furls on all of the square sails. On completion of these furls the Youth Crew lay below and conducted ‘end of voyage talks’. Due to the limited number of safe anchorages available in Newcastle Harbour I have decided to remain alongside at Queens Wharf for the final night of the voyage. This evening we held the final teak deck BBQ for the voyage which was followed by a slide show on deck which gave everyone the opportunity to reflect on the past 11 days. The rest of the evening was spent with the Youth Crew completing end of voyage questionnaires and “letters to themselves”, which are returned to each Youth Crew member six months after voyage completion. Whilst the Youth Crew were completing these final administration tasks the Staff Crew took the opportunity to conduct their “end of voyage” debriefs.At 0900 tomorrow, Young Endeavour will depart her berth at Queens Wharf, transit the short distance out into Newcastle Harbour before returning to her berth with her yards fully manned at 1000 were we expect to be met by a large group of family and friends. Following a brief ceremony we will say our final farewell to the Youth Crew of Voyage 01/10.This completes the first voyage of Young Endeavours 2010 program. The ship will remain in Newcastle until Sunday 17 January when we will embark our new Youth Crew for Voyage 2-10, which is from Newcastle to Sydney. During our stay in Newcastle the Ship will be open to the general public on Saturday 16 January from 1300 – 1600.Until next our next voyage, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav 


32°55's / 151°46'e


Currently alongside at Queens Wharf and experiencing light-moderate SE winds