Voyage 04/09 Commences
Ahoy Shipmates, Welcome to Voyage 04-09 from Sydney to Sydney. I reassumed Command of Young Endeavour on Saturday 21 February from CMDR Andrew ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Gunna’ Rourke who was Captain for Voyage 03a-09 from Hobart to Sydney, allowing me to take a well earned break (many thanks Gunna). The new Youth Crew joined the ship at Fleet Base East at 1500 on what was a pleasant but slightly humid Sydney afternoon. Following my welcome and Staff Crew introductions, family and friends were farewelled and shortly after Young Endeavour slipped, departing her berth and proceeding directly across the harbour to her overnight anchorage at Athol Bay (just off Taronga Park Zoo). Once safely at anchor we conducted some ice breaker activities which was followed by ship tours and then dinner.Following dinner I took the opportunity to speak to the Youth Crew and outlined my expectations for the voyage. I also discussed what lay ahead over the next ten days and the challenges they will face. The first of these challenges is occurring this evening with everyone attempting first climbs and it is hoped that by late this evening everyone will have succeeded in climbing the foremast and in doing so, successfully completing the first of many challenges. Until Tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently at anchor in Athol Bay and experiencing moderate 10-15kt SE winds.
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