Captain's Log
21 July 2003

And they’re Off-and Aloft!

Situation at 20:00-The voyage started this morning when at 10:30, with a full complement of Youth Crew embarked, YOUNG ENDEAVOUR got underway fromGladstone. An hour later we were snugly at anchor and the program got started. Over the next few hours, the Youth Crew completed their tour of the Ship and had a lecture from Captain Safety on all the variouslifesaving equipment onboard. After a fabulous lunch courtesay of Chef Stony, the Watch Leaders took charge and led the Youth Crew through deck safety andlinehandling. This will form the basis of the skills they will use when the Ship is under sail. Once finished on deck, Captain John and Executive Officer Phil gave their welcome aboard talks. The voyage program was described and some of the do’s and don’ts were explained. After supper, the Youth Crew were shown how to correctly wear their fall arrest harness. All of the safety rules involved inclimbing aloft were explained, and all hands were ‘inverted’, ensuring that their harnesses wewre properly fitted. Before long the Youth Crew were aloft, climbing to the lower top before returning to deck level. This represented the first significant challenge of the voyage and all hands were successful in achieving this milestone.The Youth Crew are enjoying a mug of Kye prior to the watch closing up. Overnight they will climb in their watches, thistime to the T’Gallent yard. They will also complete the full value contract, agreeing to a standard of conduct and participationthroughout the voyage. A special ‘G’Day’ to the Australian Navy Cadets on exchange in Canada at Comox, British Columbia. They are part of aninternational exchange program at HMCS QUADRA, Stone Frigate and principle summer training base of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets. Boatshed rules. Hopefully they are learning lots about Cutter sailing.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship is a purpose built 44 metre Brigantine, designed for youth development training. She was agift to the people of Australia from the people of the United Kingdom in the bi-centennial year of 1988. She is operated by the Royal Australian Navy on behalf of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme. In the15 years the Ship has been delivering youth development training to young Australians, She has travelled around the world and visited every continent except Antarctica.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Kye- Lower deck slang for hot cocoa, and still drunk by watchkeepers at night at sea. POSH- A slangterm for the wealthy, derived from the letters P.O.S.H. (port out,starboard home) which used to be printed on first-class tickets of passengers travelling on the P and O line rich enough to pay for cabins on the port side going out (to India) and the starboard side coming home (to England) in order to avoid the heat and glare of thesun in the Indian Ocean.Thought of the Day: It is the sin of the soul to force young people into opinions-indoctrination is of the devil- but it isculpable neglect not to impel young people into experiences. Kurt Hahn.Yours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RAN


23° 50' South / 151° 19' East


At anchor in Gladstone harbour. Wind: Sou' East at 20 knots, Temp: 19c, Cloud:6/8.