Captain's Log
13 October 2009

At Anchor At Bateman Bay

Hi Everyone, As predicted the weather started to improve during the early hours of this morning and with it the health of the Youth Crew. At morning brief it was observed that the correct colour (not green) was returning to faces of the crew and there was a more upbeat tone to the morning. With the wind now moderating to less than 20kts more sail was set and as if pre-planned the wind veered to the south then the south west setting us up perfectly for our passage to Bateman Bay. Now that most of the Youth Crew where feeling better we reactivated the training program, firstly with a set of rope races followed closely by some more sail work. At 1400 all sail was handed in and Young Endeavour entered Bateman Bay coming safely to anchor in 8 meters of water (MOW) at 1415. Due to a large shore break it wasn’t possible to put the Youth Crew ashore so in its place we rigged the course yard rope swing and everyone enjoyed a pleasant hour diving of the ship or demonstrating there acrobatic skills from the rope swing. The water was crystal clear and a perfect temperature and everyone thoroughly enjoyed being given the opportunity to swim in this isolated bay. That evening we enjoyed our first ���teak deck’ BBQ of the voyage and it was pleasing to see that everyone had regained their normal appetites. On completion of dinner we held an entertaining session of three way talks (public speaking and communication exercise). To finish of the days activities Kenny the Navigator gave a short presentation on the responsibilities of anchor watches prior to everyone turning in for a much needed rest in a stable bunk. Tomorrow we will weigh anchor early and start making ground towards Shark Bay.Until tomorrow, take careYours AyeCaptain Gav


23° 5' South / 113° 47' East


Currently at anchor in Bateman Bay and enjoying moderate SW winds with nil swell.