Latitude: 
42° 54' South
Longitude: 
147° 21' East
Conditions: 
LIGHT BREEZE
COMMAND DAY BY YC CAPTAIN RENNIE

COMMAND DAY WAS A SPECTACULAR AND CHALLENGING 24 HOURS.

UPON RECEIVING THE SHIP, THERE WAS MUCH ANTICIPATION AMOUNG THE YOUTH CREW. WHAT WOULD WE DO? AND HOW WE WOULD FAIR? WERE QUESTIONS ON EVERYONES MIND.

STRAIGHT OFF THE MARK WE JUMPED INTO OUR TASKS. TASKS THAT DIDNT REQUIRE SAILING AS THERE WAS NO WIND. THAT AFTERNOON WE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE EGG DROP, CHALLENGER ROOM AND MURAL TASKS.

THE EVENING LEAD INTO ANXIOUS NIGHT WATCHES AS WE STILL HAD NO WIND. EVENTUALLY WE GOT MOVING AND SET A COURSE FOR OUR FIRST WAYPOINT.

THE NIGHT WAS LONG AND TIRING AS THE WIND WAS NEVER IN OUR FAVOUR. EVERY MANOEUVOUR WE TRIED TO PULL WAS FOILED BY THE WIND BUT THIS DID NOT STOP NAVIGATION TO ANOTHER TWO WAY POINTS. AS MORNING CAME, MUCH A WEIRY FACE WAS CHEERED WITH A THEMED BREAKFAST OF GREEN EGGS AND HAM. A STEADY COURSE FOR HOBART WAS WELL UNDERWAY.

MANY YOUTH CREW DISHEARTENED BY MORE UNSUCESSFULL MANOEUVOURING, DUE TO WIND.

BY LUNCH TIME WE HAD SUCCESSFULLY CO-ORDINATED 20 PEOPLE ALOFT AND ALSO COMPLETED A GREAT NUMBER OF OUR SET TASKS.

AS WE SET ANCHOR, WE LOOKED BACK ON OUR ACHIEVEMENT, WE CAME ON BOARD WITHOUT A CLUE OF HOW TO SAIL. LEARNED THE BASICS WITHIN A FEW DAYS. THEN A CREW OF 24 YOUNG PEOPLE SAILED A TALLSHIP FROM ADVENTURE BAY TO HOBART PORT ENTIRELY BY THEMSELVES. SOMETHING YOU DONT GET TO DO EVERYDAY. A GREAT EXPERIENCE TO BE REMEMBERED.

YOURS AYE

BRENTON WITT
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER, RAN
CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR