Captain's Log
15 April 2013

Voyage 6/13 Day 1 – Sydney Harbour

G’day shipmates,Welcome to Young Endeavour’s Voyage 6 for 2013. Our journey starts in the beautiful Harbour City of Sydney and will conclude in Newcastle. We have a magnificent tall ship, wind for our sails and the NSW Coast explore. The potential is limitless and sense of adventure is infectious. I would like to introduce the Team of Staff Crew that will facilitate this voyage of adventure:Captain – MikeSail Master – GuvNavigator – TimWatch Officer – SandyRed Watch Leader – DaveWhite Watch Leader – Dougie assisted by TillyBlue Watch Leader – Shayne with Supernummary JenChef – SquizyEngineer – MickVoyage 6 officially commenced at 1500 today when the Youth Crew and their families and friends were welcomed onboard to have a quick look around the Ship and meet the Staff Crew before we sailed from Fleet Base East, Woolloomooloo, and anchored in Watsons Bay. The Youth Crew divided into their watches and undertook a few ‘ice-breaker’ activities to get to know one another. That was followed by a detailed tour of the Ship conducted by the Watch Leaders.Dinner followed, with Chef Squiz amazing us with his excellent culinary skills. Once we had cleaned up from dinner, I had a bit of chat to the Youth Crew about what their voyage would entail during the next eleven days. On completion, Guv, as Sail Master, gave his talk about some of the rules and safety aspects of Young Endeavour before giving a safety aloft brief and a demonstration on how to climb the foremast. On completion I undertook a harness confidence check for all members of Youth Crew. This involved each member attaching to a man overboard davit, trained inboard over the deck, and inverting to show they will not fall out of their harnesses. This is our final safety check prior to commencing our first climbs.This evening, with some nerves and a great deal of courage and determination every member of the Youth Crew undertook their first climb above the deck. Whilst not all members reached the topgallant yard (highest yard), which is located on top of the foremast and is approximately 33 m above the water, all did make a huge effort and achieved some success. The weather threw up some challenges for us. We had a couple of heavy showers which made climbing interesting. Some Youth Crew got to test out the effectiveness of their wet weather gear. The first night climb completed today’s activities and after a hot cup of cocoa the crew turned in for their first nights sleep onboard Young Endeavour.I am very pleased to report that all of the Youth Crew has done extremely well on their first day and I am from the outset impressed with both their individual efforts and team attitude.Tuesday at mid morning we plan to depart Sydney Harbour and shape a course to the North, making ground towards Broken Bay.Until Tuesday evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Mike       “ 


33° 50' South / 151° 16' East


Wind Southerly 10 - 15 knots, Temp 20 deg. C, passing showers.