Captain's Log
14 July 2009

A Great First Day at Sea

Hi Everyone, This morning everyone were awake and on deck at 0630 to witness a fantastic sunrise and enjoy an early morning activity. Following breakfast it was straight into morning brief, which took a little longer this morning as their was a lot of information to pass on to the Youth Crew about the ships routines and the days activities. On completion of morning brief we commenced our first ���happy hour�� (cleaning stations). This is a really important part of the daily routine onboard Young Endeavour as it ensures that the ship is kept spotlessly clean. The rest of morning was spent completing a very thorough safety equipment brief followed by deck safety. At 1300 the anchor was weighed and just after departing our anchorage sail was set for the first time for this voyage. As we departed Pioneer Bay the Youth Crew commenced sail setting and furling drills and continued this activity until late in the afternoon when all of the Watch Leaders reported that they were happy that their watches could safely set the majority of fore and aft sails and were all happy with their tacking stations. On receiving this report the ship was called to tacking stations and the Youth Crew successfully completed their first set of tacks as a crew. On completion of this activity the topsail (middle square sail) was set and we altered course to the south transiting through the picturesque Whitsunday Passage. By early evening everyone had settled into their watches and where busy learning how everything works on the bridge. At 1940 the ship was again called to tacking stations so that we could alter course to the south east, round Dent Island and shape a new course for the outer reef.The time is now 2000 and everyone with the exception of the ���on watch’ have now turned in for some well earned rest.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


20° 23' South / 148° 55' East


Currently located 1nm to the south west of Dent Island and experiencing 10-15kt NW winds.