Captain's Log
7 January 2010

A Very Productive Day

Hi Everyone, After an Early Morning Activity (EMA) and breakfast this morning, the Youth Crew were mustered on the port side of the bridge and introduced to the traditional ceremony of colours (raise flags and sing National Anthem) followed by morning brief. On completion it was straight into cleaning stations (Happy Hour) followed by a very comprehensive safety equipment brief given by ���Captain Safety’ (Taffy). Under the guidance of their Watch Leaders, the Youth Crew spent the rest of the morning conducting setting and furling drills and learning the intricacies of tall ship sailing. At 1345 we weighed anchor and Young Endeavour proceeded down the channel and out of the confines of the Burnett River. Once in open water fore and aft sails were set, the ship brought hard onto the wind and a course shaped to the north east. During the hours that followed the Youth Crew learnt how to brace the yards and continued to perfect their sail setting and furling drills. By 1600 all of the Watch Leaders had reported that they were happy with the skills of their respective watches so the Ship was called to tacking stations and the Youth Crew demonstrated that they had ���hoisted in’ all of the days training by completing their first set of tacks as a crew (put the bow of the ship through the wind). With this activity successfully completed all of our aims for day 2 had been achieved. Following another fantastic dinner the Youth Crew have now settled into their watches for this evening with the very real expectation that the ship will again be called to tacking stations sometime throughout the night. At the moment we are located 20nm to the south west of Lady Elliott Island sailing on broad starboard reach in perfect conditions and making good, a speed of 6.5kts.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


24° 20' South / 152° 32' East


Currently located 20nm to the SW of Lady Elliott Island and experiencing moderate-strong 15-20 SE winds with a 1m SE swell.