Ahoy there everyone,Â I hope everyone enjoyed a fantastic Christmas and New Year. Welcome to Young Endeavourâ€™s first voyage for 2012, our journey commenced today in Sydney and concludes in Eden. To facilitate our adventure under sail, it is an honour to introduce the eleven Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage during the next 11 days:Captain DamienSail Master GuvNavigator KimWatch Officers JB and MattRed Watch Leaders Carly and MickWhite Watch Leader KennyBlue Watch Leader DougieChef SquizEngineer LeonThe voyage officially commenced at 1500 today when 24 Youth Crew from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at Fleet Base East, Woolloomooloo. 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. All lines were cast off and the ship departed for Watsons Bay for an overnight anchorage.The Youth Crew under the direction of their watch leaders, 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 Squiz 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 every single member of our new crew proceeded aloft onto the foremast for their first night climb. The surrounding view of Sydney Harbour from aloft was both inspiring and invigorating.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 weighing anchor mid morning and commencing sail training for the day in Port Jackson.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien
2300 at anchor - weather overcast, wind S 20 knots, swell nil, temperature 22 degrees, barometer 1019 hpa
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