Latitude: 
27° 56' South
Longitude: 
153° 26' East
Conditions: 
Calm, cool
Ahoy Shipmates,

We have just had a fantastic day since we came to anchor late this morning - to tell you all about it, here is YC Rachelle:

Me-hearty's,

Well, for me this morning started at a cool 3am. I was shaken awake in the wee hours of the morning for my 4am till 8am Watch. (This consists of 8 other 'red' team members.) We started the morning setting and furling sails and continuing with some team building activities from our watch the night before.

We were also presented with the task of Bear-X. Bear-X is a task set for your team to complete before Command day. This ensures a smooth transistion from the Official Watch Leaders to the Youth Crew. (Because we wouldn't want to get lost at sea or sink the ship would we?) Other tasks we do also ensure we go about our tasks safely... as the Captain would say, \We want to go home with ten little fingers and ten little toes.\"

Red teams Bear-X task consisted of wearing the ship. (Setting sails and turning the ship so our stern is facing the wind.) I'm glad to report we completed Bear-X successfully, as our other watches have!

How far we have come in 6 days!!

The morning then took an exciting turn with an appearance on a national radio station - a first ever for a Young Endeavour voyage. We were lucky enough to feature on the ABC radio show Australia All Over with Macca. I was personally honoured with the task of talking with Macca the DJ and as luck would have it, the phone line dropped out after explaining to him all the work we do on the ship. Tacking, Midnight shifts, Scrubbing the deck, Sea sickness..... Perhaps they hung up on purpose???

The rest of our day continued at a lovely pace including a spirited ride to a local beach here on the Gold Coast and some time playing frisbee.

We have just finished having a BBQ on the teak deck of the ship and watching the sun go down over the high rise buildings of Surfers Paradise.

All in all the voyage is rewarding, whether it be climbing a swaying mast in pelting rain at 2am in the morning to tie up a gasket or waking up for a 7am dip in the sea. Can't wait to see what happens next!!

WOW! With Command Day tomorrow, niether can I....

Yours Aye,

Chris

Chris Galloway
Commander, RAN
Commanding Officer"