Captain's Log
18 August 2001

A whale of a time in Albany

We had some great sailing overnight as we progressed eastwards into the Great Australian Bight. Early this morning we sighted Albany and it’s spectacular surrounds. The weather was great as we neared the rugged coastline and conducted some demo tacks so the YC can understand in more detail how to go about tacking the ship. From there it was all hands aloft to furl the sails as we enterd the Sound. From aloft the YC sighted an extremely playful humpback whale and we passed it at about 50 metres. Shortly after we anchored off Whale World and the crew went ashore for the afternoon to be tourists and regain their land legs. Albany is a great place to visit and I would come here again.This afternoon the Watches held mid voyage talks to discuss their progress and the Voyage so far. Tonight we are going to watch a short movie about rounding Cape Horn in a Tall Ship and have peaceful night at anchor before we head to sea again Sunday morning. Youth Crew entry by Kim Fletcher, from Gresford NSW.Hi Poppy and everyone else. The sea sickness tablets prevented me from getting sea sick for a while, but after I climbed the fore mast I got just as sick as most of the youth crew. Being in the twelve berth in the bow of the Young Endeavour did not help. However I am over the sea sickness now and am enjoying every second. I am geting allong well with the members of my watch, White Watch, and everyone else.Today was the hilight of the trip so far as we neered Albany we climed the fore mast to tye up the sails and we were entertained by a whale. Eventually we anchored and went ashore to visit WHALE WORLD to learn all about how useful whales were.Well, being on the land again was different.I hope Poppy is being looked after as well as I look afeter her. I miss you all. BYE 🙂 Catherine Mayer, 23, from Wandin Victoria.It is difficult to comprehend that so much can happen in such a short space. What I have learnt about sail craft and team work is mind boggling. I have enloyed the lectures various member of the Staff have given us. Their attentiveness and enthusiasm seems quite boundless and their efforts to motivate the Youth Crew during the first days of our voyage when most of us were suffering the terrifyingly debilitating seasickness phenomonal. I was not one of the lucky ones. I even began to ask myself why I was here at all. I’ve answered that question. I’ve never been on a tall ship before, all that rocking and lurching about is a big strain on these bodies, and I’ve never had to absorb so much important imformation quite so quickly. That is the challenge. And the reason I’m here is because I wanted one.I was not afraid of climbing. It was the sitting out on the yard arms and actually stopping to do something there that terrified me. We climbed to the topgallant yards the first night were we on board. It was dark. Climbing during the day is even more of a challenge for me because I can see around me. This morning I was rewarded. As we sailed into King George Sound a whale was sighted of our port bow. The day was glorious, and there was a whale. That is a sight I have wanted to see all my life.The next few days will be the most challenging, I think. The word is Command Day is Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the weather. We are a-buzz with excitement. Everything is good. Our knowledge and understanding of sailing builds constantly. Our Watch Leaders are confident of our abilities. Bring it on.Pee hoo to you, Dad in the glorious paradise of KNX. You would turn green if you saw how high up I’ve been. I’m looking forward to the nice fire at home in Wandin with Mum, Alison and Grandma and the amazing Nova. Na-ni, Stuart. I love you all and am missing you all heaps. Love C. xoSuzanne Clemo, 23, Bibra Lake WAWell as you can all see everyone has nothing but great things to say about this voyage and I am going to be no different.I was one of the unfortunate few who was struck down by seasickness, quite badly. After three very hard days of lets say ���a lot of stomach heaving’ and low consumption of food and water, I received the life saving needle to the butt (for want of another word – twice) Since having the needles, I have recovered quite radically and am now enjoying every second spent with all of the youth crew here on the ship. We are creating memories and hopefully friendships that will last for a lifetime…… Everyone in my watch the Reddie’s is bloody fantastic. Mum, Dad, Jason, Laura, Michelle Jessie and Holly I miss you all and will fill you all in on my return. Clint miss u heaps and can’t wait to see you. Love you all Suzy (Runt)Leif Therkildsen, 21, Heathcote (Gods Country) NSWThis journey just doesn’t stop getting better. From the day we got on we weren’t quite sure what to expect, a boot camp , a fun trip – it was anyone’s guess. The first night for me was great. We were at anchor and climbing mast’s and having a ball. We then headed out to sea and I fell victim to the sea sickness plague. You can never really understand how bad you will feel until your there. To be honest I don’t think I felt much worse in quite some time but amongst other goals you have when you step on board, getting over sea sickness becomes a high priority and you soon learn to deal with it. The youth crew have been through a lot together now. But i’d have to say we’re pretty much a tight nit little family. From setting off from anchor to windy squal’s we’ve covered a vast range of situations. The highlight for most youth crew came today where we came through the head’s of Albany the sun a blaze, wind in our faces and then the whales came to out to play. A beautiful humpback whale surfaced to show off for a while and then dissappeared. Coming into some of the most picturesque scenery i’ve seen with a group of people I now class as great friends has topped my voyage so far. Soon to come Whale World. A special Hello to my parents who sent me on this great voyage, Big nose, Silky and Yowie. Miss you all heaps, see you back in GOD’S COUNTRY (The Shire) Ciao.Stay tuned,Andrew Davis


35° 5' South / 117° 57'


Current situation at 1800: At anchor King Georges Sound, Albany, off Whale World. Wind Nor'west at 12 knots. Temp 13C.