Captain's Log
1 October 2010

Another Great Day at Sea

Hi Everyone, At morning brief on this morning Young Endeavour was located 8nm to the east of Ulladulla still having to motor sail due to the light and variable conditions. On completion of morning brief and cleaning stations I conducted the first of my three sail theory lectures for the day. I have found that by taking each watch separately through this presentation that the Youth Crew are more inclined to ask questions and get a better understanding of the sailing intricacies of the Ship. Throughout the day these presentations were pleasantly interrupted by pods of dolphins eager to enjoy themselves by surfing in our bow wave. I have learnt throughout my time onboard Young Endeavour that if the Youth Crew are given the choice between either sitting through a sail theory presentation or watching dolphins surf under the bow, the dolphins will win every time. To consolidate the days sailing theory we brought the ship under a modified sail plan and completed a very good set of demonstrational tacks. This activity gives the Youth Crew the opportunity to experience the procedures for tacking the ship from the bridge so that they have a better understanding of the orders and procedures required to successfully carry out this manoeuvre. During the night watches tonight the Youth Crew will complete the Apples and Onions exercise (communication and peer assessment exercise) and continued to consolidate their sailing and navigation skills in preparation for the fast approaching Command Day.We are currently located 14nm to the east of Port Kembla and are in the process of bringing the ship under a full press of sail. Given the present weather conditions we intend to head for Broken Bay were we will anchor by midday tomorrow.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


34° 30' South / 151° 11' East


Currently located 14nm to the east of Port Kembla and experiencing light-moderate SE winds with a 1.5m SE swell.