Captain's Log
16 July 2002

A Slow, Gentle Swell

Situation at 20:00 – We are Northbound, under sail with seven sails set.Overnight the main activity for the different watches was to climb aloft out onto the T’Gallant and Topsail Yards. The majority of the Youth Crew were successful in achieving this and in the case of a few of them, were surprised to realise they had achieved something they had thought almost impossible only a short time earlier.It was an early morning start today for the Youth Crew. A 06:30 wake up call from the watch-on-deck brought all hands on deck for a bit of an easy jog followed by some activities designed to stimulate the brain as well as the body.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR weighed anchor at 08:00 and proceeded Northbound through Moreton Bay. After the morning brief the Youth Crew turned to for Happy Hour and before long the Ship was cleaned from Stem to Stern. Chef Polly had prepared some treats for morning tea so it wasn’t until 10:30 that Sail setting and furling drills got underway.These were interrupted by lunch and lasted until all hands were thoroughly familiar with the different requirements for the various sails. The next event was for the Youth Crew to cast off gaskets from all three square sails. This involved several of them laying aloft for their for first real job of work on the Yards. Before too long we were ready to commence tacking drills during which the different watches exercised the teamwork that is necessary in order to manouvrea tallship across the ocean.All in all, it has been a very busy and productive day. There are a few green faces making an appearance but the majority of the YouthCrew are coping well with the slow gentle swell that is helping to carry us North, and even those ones who are feeling a bit crook are persevering and standing their watches.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship carries the full suite of communications equipment required to be compliant with the Global Maritime Distress Signalling System, including HF, VHF and INMARSAT C capabilities.Thought of the day: ‘People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people whoget on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.’George Bernard ShawYours, AyeJohn Cowan


26° 30' South / 153° 20'


Wind South East at 10 kts