Captain's Log
19 August 2003

A Wild Windy Night

Situation at 20:00- Last night the Youth Crew had a wild night as they were sailed the Ship from Broken Bay to Sydney harbour. Winds gusting over50 knots definately had everyone’s attention, and saw sail reduced to only the storm sails. As we sailed into Sydney harbour this morning, the winds eased and the seas moderated.At the final task of command day, the Youth Crew landed their Beach Assault Team. Their mission was to gather as many local residents together as possible and have them join in singing the National Anthem. Showing great intiative, they boarded the Rose bayferry and convinced 37 people to sing with them. This was an outstanding effort. Once all hands were back onboard, command dayended when Captain Johann turned the Ship’s telescope back to Captain John. All hands were beat after the long night battling the storm, and the only activity of the forenoon was the latest episode of rope races. The White watch are leading by a small margin, and tomorrow’s session will determine the overall winner.After lunch the command day debriefing process got underway. The Youth Crew were divided into three groups, each one under theguidance of two Staff Crew members. The aim of the debriefing was to have an open and frank discussion of the events that made up command day, and determine if any lessons learned can be transferred into their everyday lives. The discussions focussed on communications and the need for flexibility when working in a team setting. After supper, the Youth Crew gathered in the Cafe to watch a 38 minute video of a square rigger rounding Cape Horn. This is amazing video and is the only known footage of its kind. The Youth Crew certainly have a greater appreciation of the creature comfortswe enjoy onboard YOUNG ENDEAVOUR. Overnight the Youth Crew will keep anchor watches. This will allow them a chance to catch up on some of the sleep they missed during command day.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The ship carrys two heavy weather sails they are the Storm Jib and Trysail. The Storm Jib is bent on tothe Baby Stay as a headsail and the Trysail is in lieu of the Mainsail.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: To reef a sail – To put a reef in a sail is to reduce the sail area by using reefing points. Thought of the Day: ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give’. Sir Winston ChurchillYours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RAN


33° 52' South / 151° 16' East


At anchor in Rose Bay. Wind: Sou'East at 15 knots, Cloud:8/8, Temp:11c.