G’day Shipmates,CMDR Andrew ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Gunna’ Rourke here, standing in for Captain Gav while he has a well earned break. I was part of the first RAN crew of Young Endeavour way back in 1988 and I also was the Captain in 1999 / 2000. It’s certainly good to be back; I really do love this ship and the work that it does. I did the last voyage from Williamstown to Hobart as a watch officer and it was fantastic to see that the training programme has continued to go from strength to strength. It was also tremendous to sail with a great crew; both staff and youth crew alike.The new Youth Crew all joined the ship at Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart at 1500 in cold, wet blustery conditions. So much for the Tassie summer! I welcomed them all onboard and introduced my staff crew to them. A particularly senior bunch for this voyage with an average of 19 years of naval service each. At 1600 having said farewell to family and friends, Young Endeavour slipped and proceeded and commenced a short passage to the overnight anchorage in the D’entrecasteaux Channel. Whilst we made slow progress down the Derwent River against a strong southerly wind, the Youth Crew started ship tours, conducted some ice breaker activities and then had dinner.After dinner I spoke with the Youth Crew and outlined my expectations of them and discussed what lay ahead for the next ten days and the challenges that they will face. The first challenge will be climbing aloft where all of the Youth Crew will hopefully reach the topgallant yard this evening.For me it is a wonderful thrill to be back in command of the ship I have such a passion for. That said, the ship is nothing without the Youth Crew and it is all about them and the wonderful things that they can and will achieve. Just on a personal note, love to my kids Georgia and Harry whom I am missing very much and who are hopefully reading this.Carpe DiemStop Press: It is 2330 and all of the Youth Crew successfully climbed to the topgallant yard. A great effort in absolutely miserable cold wet and windy conditions. Chat tomorrow.
Wind 220 / 25 kts, 11C