Captain's Log
5 January 2012


Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to Young Endeavour’s seventh voyage for 2012, our journey commenced today in Mackay and concludes in Airlie Beach. 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 11 days:Captain DamienSail Master Kristy-LeeNavigator TimWatch Officer IanRed Watch Leaders DougieWhite Watch Leader GuvBlue Watch Leader KomoChef SteveEngineer LeonThe voyage officially commenced at 1500 today when 23 Youth Crew from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at the Mackay Marina. Once all possessions had been stowed below, all hands were mustered on deck for a welcome address and staff introductions before friends and family were emotionally farewelled.Then under the direction of their watch leaders, the Youth Crew conducted ship familiarisation and a number of introduction activities to integrate the members of each watch. Once completed the first of many very tasty meals crafted by master chef Steve was consumed. After dinner, voyage expectations, requirements and safety aspects for the next 11 days onboard were discussed. Then without further ado, some nerves, a great deal of courage and a lot of determination our new crew proceeded aloft onto the foremast for their first night climb. The surrounding view of Mackay Harbour from aloft was both inspiring and invigorating in the strong winds and intermittent rain squalls.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 casting off all lines mid morning and commencing sail training within the Inner Great Barrier Reef.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


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2300 Alongside Mackay Marina - weather scattered rain squalls, wind ESE 18 knots, swell nil, temperature 27 degrees, barometer 1020 hpa