Captain's Log
9 January 2003

A Valuable Evolution

Situation at 20:00- Overnight the watch-on-deck was fully occupied setting and furling sails, both for practise for command day and to increase theShip’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 orderof 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 forcommand 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 iswell and truely 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 theDeal 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 diedel 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 theyardarms (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 Comapny 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, AyeJohn Cowan,LCDR, RAN


39° 28' South / 47° 48' East


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