Latitude: 
35° 4' South
Longitude: 
150° 44' East
Conditions: 
GREAT
PAST 24 HOURS

MOST OF WHAT HAS BEEN DONE IN THE LAST 24 HOURS IS COVERED BELOW BY YOUTH CREW MEMBER JESS. COMMAND DAY IS UPON US AND OUR YOUTH CREW ARE WELL POISED FOR A FANTASTIC 24 HOURS. YOUTH CREW MEMBER RICHARD HAS BEEN ELECTED AS CAPTAIN AND HIS TEAM OF CHARGERS ARE VERY CAPABLE AND ENTHUISIASTIC, AND READY TO TAKE ANY CHALLENGES HEAD ON. COMMAND DAY PROMISES A LOT AND THE FORECAST IS FOR SOME GOOD WINDS. FIRSTLY FROM THE WEST, THEN THE SOUTH WEST AND THEN BACKING EVEN FURTHER TO THE SOUTH EAST AT AROUND 15 KNOTS OVER THE NEXT DAY.

COMMENTS FROM YOUTH CREW
A GREAT BIG HELLO FROM THE BIG BLUE SEA,

WELL THE SAILS ARE SET, THE LINES HAVE BEEN FURLED AND THIS VOYAGE IS ON THE HOME STRETCH TO SYDNEY. IT'S SAD IT'S COMING TO AN END BUT I THINK THAT THERE WILL BE MANY MEMORABLE MOMENTS TAKEN AWAY FROM THIS LITTLE ADVENTURE OF OURS. THESE WILL INCLUDE CLIMIBING ALOFT AND FINDING OUT YOU ARE AFRAID OF HEIGHTS, THE SEA SICKNESSD ALL YOU WANT IS MUM TO GIVE YOU A HUG, PUT YOU TO BED AND WORK HER MAGICAL POWERS TO MAKE IT STOP.... BUT THESE MOMENTS IN TIME ARE BLURRED BY THE HAPPIER ONES AND NOW I THINK I NEVER WANT TO STOP SAILING, I FEEL LIKE WE COULD KEEP GOING AND SEE AUSTRALIA AND WHAT BETTER PEOPLE TO SEE THE COUNTRY WITH THAN THE ONES ON BOARD THIS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE. HOWEVER, BEFORE I GET AHEAD OF MYSELF I SHOULD LET ALL OF YOU OUT THERE KNOW WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO FOR THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS.

YESTERDAY MORNING BEGAN WITH OUR USUAL MORNING BRIEF AND NANNA DIESEL (OH HOW WE LOVE NANNA) SHE WAS IN HER HAWAIIAN OUTFIT THIS TIME AND LOOKED VERY NICE (ALTHOUGH I'VE NEVER SEEN A NANNA IN BOARDSHORTS....). AFTER MORNING BRIEF THE EXCITEMENT BEGAN TO BUILD AS THE YOUTH CREW FOUND OUT COMMAND DAY WAS SOON TO BEGIN AND ELECTIONS WERE TO BE HELD. YOU COULD SEE THE TWINKLE IN SOME YOUTH CREWS EYES TO STRIVE FOR THE TOP JOB... CAPTAIN. SO THE DAY WAS SET ON A TOP NOTE, THE WEATHER WAS PURE SUNSHINE, THE TRACKIES WERE THROWN IN TO THE LOCKERS AND PLENTY OF SUNCREEN WAS SLAPPED ON. SO SPIRITS ON BOARD THE YOUNG ENDEAVOUR SOARED AS HIGH AS THE SUN BUT WE STILL HAD TO PROVE OUR WORTH FOR COMMAND DAY.


A COMMUNICATION ACTIVITY WAS HELD BY OUR XO WHERE MOST YOUTH CREW WERE BLINDFOLDED AND SILENCED WHILE THE OTHERS WERE TO INSTRUCT, WHICH I'M SURE WAS MUCH TO THE STAFFIES AMUSEMENT. THEN ALL WATCHES WERE TRIED AND TESTED ON SETTING AND FURLING SAILS, CLEWING THE COURSE AND DOING IT ALL SAFELY. DEMONSTRATIONAL TACKING AND WEARING THE SHIP WAS ALSO PART OF OUR DAY AND PREP FOR OUR COMMAND DAY STARTING 1300 ON THE 3RD OCTOBER.

STILL SAILING UP THE EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA, OUR COMMAND DAY
ELECTIONS WERE HELD. ALL IMPORTANT POSITIONS WERE FILLED BUT THE MOST CONTESTED POSITION OF ALL WAS THE ELECTION OF A NEW HEAD CHEF. RESULTING IN A ONE MINUTE SPEECH FROM ALL NOMINEES WHY THEY SHOULD COOK FOR A DAY, THEIR QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE IN A KITCHEN. THE TAKEOVER OF THE GALLEY BY THE NEW COOK DION WAS TO TAKE CENTRESTAGE. AN OVERHAUL OF SPEEDY'S KITCHEN WAS PLACED UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT AND TURNED INTO MCDIONS AND OPENING NIGHT WAS SURE TO BE A HIT...

DURING THIS TIME WE HAD ALSO ANCHORED IN JERVIS BAY AND HIBBO'S SHIP POOL WAS OPENED. AS THE WEATHER HAS BEEN PERFECT SUNSHINE, EVERYBODY WAS KEEN FOR A SWIM, SO A 10 MIN DIP INTO THE OCEAN WAS A MEMORABLE MOMENT.

ANYWAY BEFORE I END THIS LOG, I JUST WILL SAY A QUICK HELLO TO MY MUM AND DAD, BROTHER, SISTER AND BROTHER IN LAW AND LASTLY MY WONERFUL PARTNER, I MISS YOU AND AM HAVING A GREAT TIME... LOVE YOU ALL. JESS


NAUTICAL TERM OF THE DAY
MISS THE BOAT: (LOST OPPORTUNITY) SAILORS ON SHORE LEAVE WHO HAD NOT MINDED THEIR P'S AND Q'S (PINTS AND QUARTS) WERE SOMETIMES A LITTLE GROGGY OR HALF SEAS OVER THE NEXT MORNING AND THEY LITERALLY MISSED THE BOAT AND DID NOT MAKE THEIR INTENDED VOYAGE. RESULTING IN LOST INCOME AND TRANSPORTATION.

YOURS AYE

DION CURTIS
LIEUTENANT, RAN
CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR