Latitude: 
20° 17' South
Longitude: 
149° 3' East
Conditions: 

2300 at anchor - weather clear skies, wind SE 8 knots, swell nil, temperature 25 degrees, barometer 1017 hpa

Ahoy there everyone,


Welcome to day seven, overnight the ship sailed east of the Whitsunday Group before retracing our course and beating south towards the south east shore of Whitsunday Island.



With breakfast completed I assessed each watch in their ability to safely set and furl sails without their staff Watch Leaders to ensure that they were ready to control the ship when they assume command tomorrow. With great satisfaction each watch successfully achieved the required standard and celebrated with a packet of Tim Tams.



A man overboard exercise was then conducted, successfully recovering the life ring in good time before the ship anchored adjacent picturesque Whitehaven Beach. After lunch the crew were transferred ashore for an hour’s relaxation to mitigate any cabin fever effects and to stretch their sea legs on solid ground. Once back onboard Engineer Leon conducted the next challenging round of rope races.



The evening’s teak deck BBQ dinner was cooked by Watch Leader Guv, this was consumed on the upper decks as the sun slowly set over Whitsunday Island. The Youth Crew then deliberated and elected their Command Team which will be under the direction of Youth Captain Joel and his team for 24 hours commencing at 1300, 8th May 12.



With another very busy day drawing to a close, the Youth Crew have settled down for the night, hopefully achieving a good night’s rest in anticipation and preparation for tomorrow’s commencement of Command Day.



Our last seven days at sea had seen significant developments in the overall journey of our young adventurers. They have progressed enormously both individually and collectively as the voyage continues to gain momentum. Command Day approaches with great anticipation for all. The intention is remain at anchor prior to weighing the following afternoon for the adventure and challenge that is Young Endeavour.



Until tomorrow evening when you will read the exploits of the ship from Captain Joel, take care.



Yours Aye



Captain Damien