Latitude: 
21° 5' South
Longitude: 
149° 17' East
Conditions: 
LIGHT AND VARIABLE CONDITIONS
PAST 24 HOURS
COMMAND DAY VOYAGE 17/04

WE STARTED COMMAND DAY WITH GREAT ANTICPATION OFFSHORE MIDDLE PERCY ISLAND AND FROM THERE WE HEADED NORTH WEST TO MACKAY. BEFORE HAULING IN THE ANCHOR WE COMPLETED OUR FIRST TASK ON THE BEACH. A GROUP OF CREW MEMBERS WERE REQUIRED TO COMMEMORATE THE YOUTH OF AUSTRALIA BY DESIGNING A MURAL ON THE BEACH. FROM THERE WE BEGAN TO SET SAIL COMPLETING A NUMBER OF TASKS. FOR ONE TASK, 22 PEOPLE WERE PHOTOGRAPHED ON ALL THREE YARDS ALOFT. FOR THE NEXT TASK 20 PEOPLE HAD TO SQUEEZE INTO THE CHALLENGER ROOM, A TINY ROOM OF 1X4METERS AND WE ACCOMPLISHED THIS. THE CHEFS WORKED VERY HARD IN THE KITCHEN PREPARING GLORIOUS DELICACIES ALL DAY. A FEW DETERMINED CREW MEMBERS
WORKED TOGETHER CONSTRUCTING A WONDERFUL HAMMOCK IN WHICH WE HAD TO FIT AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE ON TO ACCOMPLISH ANOTHER CHALLENGING TASK (15 PEOPLE IN TOTAL). FOR THE REST OF THE DAY SAILS WERE BEING SET AND WATCHES PUT IN PLACE ALWAYS KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR DOLPHINS AND WHALES. OUR WONDERFUL ELECTED NAVIGATIONAL OFFICERS MADE US PROUD, SAILING THROUGH NEAR WINDLESS CONDITIONS TO OUR DESTINATION. THE CREW'S WILLINGNESS WITH FURLING AND SETTING THE SAILS WAS EXTRAORDINARY AND IF IT WASN'T FOR THEIR DETERMINED EFFORTS WE COULD NOT HAVE MADE IT. A BUCKET OF APPROXIMATELY 15 KNOTS, MOST OF WHICH THE CREW HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY ATTEMPTED, WERE MADE TO COMPLETE ANOTHER
TASK. A CHALK MURAL ON THE UPPER DECK REPRESENTED OUR VOYAGE AND WAS MOST COLOURFUL WITH MANY WONDERFUL CREATIONS. THIS COMPLETED YET ANOTHER TASK. TO FINISH THE DAY OFF THE CREW WENT TO DINNER DRESSED AS PIRATES JUST FOR FUN. OVERALL IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL COMMAND DAY WITH MUCH FUN AND LEARNING INVOLVED. THANKYOU TO THE PARTICIPATION OF ALL THE YOUTH CREW MEMBERS AND THE TRUSTY GUIDANCE OF STAFF MEMBERS.
HANNAH, ATHERTON.
MIKI, GEMFIELDS.

A FABULOUS COMMAND DAY

YOURS AYE

BRENTON WITT
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER, RAN
CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR