Latitude: 
37° 1' South
Longitude: 
174° 8' East
Conditions: 
Gale force winds
My name is Jack Kindellan.
Navigator - Command Day.

Another day in NZ, another day at anchor. Yesterday was an amazing
day. We finished command day at 1210 we we made it to our last
waypoint at Motutapu Island. It was a long 24hrs over command day as
a navigator. I started a 1300 Sunday and went straight through to
0530 and back up at 0700 to continue navigating until we reached
Motutapu Island at 1210. Watch Officier Justin shared roles and
responsibilities as he helped me with the nav and I helped him as Watch
Leader.

As our wonderful Captain Fly mentioned yesterday, we received the
Queen's Baton on behalf of the Australian public. It was one of the
most exciting times of my life. Three of our youth crew were sent out
to meet the 'Spirit of New Zealand' and bring the baton to STS Young
Endeavour. I had just finished dinner when Racheal sent Anna, Stasia
and David up the foremast to sea-furl the topgallant square sail.
From there we got a great view of Auckland Harbour, the 'Spirit of
New Zealand' and the baton handover. Both Anna and I were
disappointed that we would miss the excitement on the deck below us
when the baton was brought on board but we were to busy hanging on
for our lives as we tied up the gaskets. Everyone was talking photos
of each other holding the baton. We had missed out on an amazing
opportunity to be part of something that people all over the
Commonwealth had been a part of. Then came a stroke of luck. Our XO,
Dion yelled up to us to come down and be part of the proceedings, but
first we had to untie all the gaskets that we had just tied up. We
made it back down in time to take and get in some photos.

That night Red and White watches had 'Cinderella' leave. Lots of fun
had by all out on streets of Auckland. The weather had turned foul
over night as the cyclone bears closer to Auckland. It kept getting
windier and windier - there were reports of 50+ knot winds around the
harbour. This forced the 'staffies' to cancel a planned day at sea.
Plan B came into action. We went and greeted the 'enemy' - 'Spirit
of New Zealand' and received a tour of their ship. They've got so
much more space in their ship than we do, but there's a a much
stronger ranking system there compared to here. We are racing them on
both Friday in the Tall Ships Race and on Monday during the Auckland
Regatta.

As the day drew to an end and the rain was like a fire hose at full
pressure, we had our end-of-voyage talks with our watch leaders.
Nearly every goal that was set by the youth crew was acheived.
Speedy's amazing talents as the ship's Iron Chef were displayed at
dinner time with Beef Stroganoff, Soy Pork ribs, Creamed potatoes
and for dessert Golden Dumplings and Apple Danishes. Dion briefed us
that the course were planning on traveling on today and our new
anchor point would have put us through some crazy 60 knot winds.

Although it was another quiet day at anchor, it has not dampened the
spirits of those on board but raised them in expectation of just one
more day at sea. Us members of brave and couragous Red watch are on
watch now and I must sign off to complete the watch with others.
Jack Kindellan

P.S Hello to all those back home in Australia from everyone aboard
the STS Young Endeavour.

Regards,

Jack