Young Endeavour is back. After a very successful maintenance period, the ship is up and running again, looking spic and span and has got that new car smell. We have made heaps of improvements to the ship, the most noticeable being the replacement of the aft teak deck.24 Youth Crew have joined and they are really enthusiastic about being onboard – days like this remind us what a great job we have giving young Australians an adventure under sail. We also had some special guests to observe the first few hours of sailing and activities, which has really set the tone for our voyage to Eden. They were the Honourable Bruce Scott, Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence and Marcus Blackmore, the newly appointed Chairman of the Board of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme.As I type this the last of the Youth Crew are making their way down from the lower top after completing the first climb. Everybody is very energetic and raring to go. It should be a great voyage.Speak tomorrowAndrew Davis
Situation at 1800: At anchor Hunter's Bay, Balmoral, Sydney Harbour. Wind SE 12 Knots, Temp 19C.
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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike