Captain's Log
V09/18 Sydney to Sydney
22 April 2018

Adventure and Challenge

Ahoy there Shipmates, Overnight the Ship remained at sea on passage to Port Hacking. The youthies got the opportunity to further hone their sail handling skills as well as practice their coastal navigation. After a relatively comfortable night at sea motor-sailing northwards we awoke to one of Sail Master Harry’s tunes. At 0700 Sumo and I began the ‘Captain’s Setting and Furling’ assessment process to ensure each watch is at the required standard to proceed to Command Day, during which they will be expected to be able to operate safely with a lower degree of supervision. The staff transition from Instructional Leadership to Guided Leadership.  I am pleased to say that all three watches passed the assessment. I then issued the youth crew with my ‘Captain’s Challenge’. That was for the youthies to hand-in all sails in under 40 minutes. The benefit of this activity is it’s the youth crew’s first chance to operate as one large group. They need to organise, plan and execute the task in the time available. It is a good lead-in to Command Day. Tonight they will hold their Command Day elections and they will now be better placed to make an informed decision on who to vote for based on today’s experiences. The Ship then proceeded into our planned anchorage in Port Hacking. After the youth crew had sea-furled the squares and the mainsail, Watch Officer Tug ferried them ashore in the Sea Boat for a couple of hours break from the Ship and an opportunity for a swim and a leg stretch. Everyone had returned onboard by 1730 and then following dinner I briefed the youth crew on the aims and requirements of Command Day, which is planned to occur between 1300 tomorrow (Mon 23) and 1300 the following day (Tue 24). Command Day elections followed and on completion Youth Crew Captain of Voyage 09/18, Curtis Buffett, provided me with the results. Congratulations to all members of the Youth Crew for what they have achieved in the Voyage so far and to those successful office holders for Command Day. On completion of the elections we screened a film, entitled ‘Around Cape Horn’ about the adventures of Captain Irving Johnston aboard the famous Barque ‘Peking’ as a young seaman. It is a great film for putting what the youthies have learned, so far, into perspective compared to what was necessary to learn in a massive ship like the Peking. The intention is to remain in our current anchorage overnight and conduct the handover of the Ship to the Youth Crew at 1300 tomorrow. That will begin the adventure and challenge that is Command Day in Young Endeavour. Until tomorrow evening when we will also hear from Youth Captain Curtis.  Yours Aye Captain Mike


34 04.6' S / 151 09.6' E


Weather - fine, Wind - WSW at 5 kn, Swell - nil, Temp - 16 deg. C