Captain's Log
V12/18 Brisbane to Mackay
7 July 2018

Introducing the new Captain

Ahoy all,Let me start by introducing myself…Lieutenant Commander Andrew (Kenny) Callander atyour service. I was deeply honoured to assume Command from Captain Mike on Wednesday4 th July 2018, and look forward the next few years as Captain of Young Endeavour. This is my3rd posting to this fine vessel, having held both the Navigator and Executive Officer positionspreviously. I hope to utilise the skills I have gained from this experience to full advantageduring my Command. And why Captain Kenny I hear you ask. I joined the Navy as a sailorway back in 1994 and on day one was christened “Kenny” by a rough and gruff Navy cookwhen he read my name tag as I was lining up at the servery for dinner. Those older readersmay recall a famous race caller by the name of Ken Callander…and the rest, as they say, ishistory.But enough about me…let’s move on. The Staff Crew for this voyage are:Captain – KennySailmaster – HarryNavigator – KyleWatch Officer – PaigeWhite Watch Leader – BlakeRed Watch Leader – KarlyBlue Watch Leader – Darren (Sumo)Chef – ZacEngineer – BrettWe embarked the Youth Crew at 1500 today at HMAS Moreton, with quite a large numberof family and friends attending to farewell their loved ones. After the stowage of kit, shiptours for visitors, welcome address, and introduction of the Staff Crew, some tearfulgoodbyes were made. Once friends and family had departed, the Voyage propercommenced with watch introductions and ice breaker activities. Due to the expectedweather overnight (strong south westerlies), and lack of a suitable anchorage in MoretonBay, we have decided to remain alongside Moreton, departing at 0900 tomorrow morning.After a hearty meal from Chef Zac the usual first night routine commenced with Engineer,Sailmaster, and Captain’s talks, followed by the harness safety and climbing briefs. All seementhused for first night climbs, however I sense there may have been a little “false bravado”at play. It has been quite a cool night (currently 14 degrees with wind chill) so a celebratoryhot chocolate will be in order once all have returned from aloft. It will then be time forYouth Crew to turn in for some much needed rest in preparation for what promises to be abusy Day 2 as we transit the Brisbane river and exit Moreton Bay on our way north.I look forward to keeping you apprised of our exploits throughout the Voyage and will leaveyou with the words of the writer Kenneth (another Kenny) Grahame –“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing aboutin boats”.Until tomorrow,Yours AyeCaptain Kenny