Latitude: 
39° 21' South
Longitude: 
447° 48' East
Conditions: 
Situation at 20:00
At sea in Bass Strait under six sails
(and the Iron Jib)
Wind: Sou' East at 15 kts
Temp:19.5c
Sea State:2
Cloud :6/8
Overnight the watch-on-deck was fully occupied setting and furling sails, both for practise for command day and to increase the Ship's speed. Wakey Wakey found us South of the Bass Strait oil field enroute to Anderson Bay on Tasmania's Northern coast.

Morning brief and happy hour lasted until 10:00, at which time Chef Stony produced some magnificant sticky buns. The next order of business was demonstrational and rotational tacks. This is where the watches rotate through each others normal tacking station in order to gain a better understanding of what is required for the Ship to manoeuvre through the wind. At the same time, each Youth Crew member is able to observe the tacking process from the bridge and be briefed by the Captain on the sequence of orders given. This proved to be a valuable evolution that provided a practical example of the sailing theory lecture the Youth Crew received earlier in the week.

The majority of the afternoon was taken up with setting and furling drills. The Youth Crew are being worked up in preparation for command day, where they will need to be thoroughly competent at sail handling. The weather has cooperated and today was spent under partly clear skies and gentle sea conditions. It looks like seasickness is well and truly a thing of the past.

We have raised Deal and Flinder's Islands roughly in the
middle of Bass Strait. As we wind our way through the shoals near the
Deal Island group, the Youth Crew will busy continuing their command
day preparations. The forecast calls for the good weather to remain
with us for the next few days. Tomorrow afternoon the Youth Crew will
be briefed on their command day mission and elect their command team.

YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship is fitted with two 215 hp
turbo charged diesel engines. They are able to propel the Ship at 9
kts. Two 40 KVA diesel generators provide electricity for all
domestic and operational requirements. At sea, one generator is
always operating and the main engines are available for immediate
use.

YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Foot Ropes- Wire ropes slung under
the yards on which the crew stand when working on the yards. At the
yardarms (the ends of the yards) short footropes called Flemish
Horses are fitted so as to overlap with the main footrope. RHIB- A
rigid hulled inflatable boat. YOUNG ENDEAVOUR carries a 4.7 metre
RHIB that is powered by a 36 hp outboard diesel motor. The RHIB is
used to ferry the Ship's Company to and from the shore when the Ship
is at anchor.

Thought of the Day: What you possess in the world will be
found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what
you are will be yours forever. Henry Van Dyke.


Yours, Aye

John Cowan,
LCDR, RAN