Latitude: 
23° 50' South
Longitude: 
151° 19' East
Conditions: 
At anchor in Gladstone Harbour. Wind: Sou'East at 25 kts, Sea State: 2, Temp: 21c, Cloud:6/8.
Situation at 20:00 -

The teamwork exercise that the Youth Crew conducted last night proved to be very challenging. Each watch was given the task of
bracing the yards from one side to the other, with no assistance from the Staff Crew. This required them to utilise tolerance, cooperation and effective communications. Each watch was eventually successful and learned some valuable lessons.

At today's morning brief, Engineer Rags had a particularly large haul for his scran bag. Before long there were quite a few people singing for the return of their gear. The Salty Sea Dog regaled us with the nautical origins of the pharse \Hijack\". At happy
hour, Captain John was the celebrity inspector to see how thorough the Youth Crew were at their cleaning stations. After morning tea, XO Chooka led the Youth Crew through a competative learning session
called \"Rope Races\". The watches compete against one another in Ship's knowledge and terminology.

After lunch it was time for the communications exercise. The Youth Crew are divided into three groups, each employing different mediums to communicate with, and they are required to pass direction
from one group to another. This highlighted the importance of effective communication when working in a team setting. At 16:00, we
anchored in Gladstone Harbour and all hands prepared for the Ship's Concert. This proved to be great fun with some imaginative and
hilarious acts having all hands in stitches.

The \"Staff Mess Disco\" has just finished and the night watches will soon close up. Overnight the Youth Crew will complete
their section of the Ship's scrap book, as well as exchange contact details with one another.

YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship is fitted with two bronze saluting cannons. They were cast at the Royal Ordinance Factory in Nottingham England and are used for ceremonial occassions.

YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Braces-The lines attached to the end of each yard (the yardarm) by which the yard is swung or braced
around to saet the square sail to the wind. Fife Rail- The pin rail directly at the foot of a mast, so named because it was traditionally mad of oak from trees grown in the county of Fife in Scotland. There
are now few oak trees left in Fife.

Thought of the Day: COURAGE gives me strength to put worthwhile ideas into action. COMPETENCE is the ability to perform
honestly the job for which I am suited. CULTURE displays the belief that an appreciation of life's goodness is a source of joy forever. COURTESAY is the outward expression of inner respect for the
individual. CHARACTER is that spiritual force within me that demands and gets my best choices and my best efforts. Mike Stratton.

Yours, Aye

Johm Cowan
LCDR, RAN

ENTRY BY LEUT 'Mhandii' Tokesi
Having been absent from Young Endeavour whilst pursuing my new career as a Hydrographer, it was a welcome change to return to Young Endeavour for a couple of voyages. Sailing out of Mackay with the
wind in my face - it felt as though I had never left. The staff are as wonderful and as much fun as ever and I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to play a role once more in the lives of the Youth Crew as they battled through sea sickness and life at sea on a tall ship. Being a member of the Young Endeavour Team is something I cherish and
it will be just as hard to leave this time as it was the first - my time here has certainly been something special.

ENTRY BY LEAH
After the huge battle of seasickness it is quite obvious why some people join the navy. The marvelous views of sunsets and sun rises
the fresh sea air and the stars make it all worth while. I definitely recommend going aloft to the topgallant yard. Mum it is alright I was safetly attached at all times. Hi to Travis miss you can't wait to
see you.

ENTRY BY DEE
Hey mum, dad and sis! The last few days have fantastic. We've been busy bracing yards, heaving in the sheets and sailing our way through some pretty rough weather but the challenge has been worth it. Like Leah said the climb aloft was awesome and the views beautiful, up there you feel like you're on top of the world. Looking forward to touch steady land and meeting you all again. "