Captain's Log
19 October 2008

At Anchor At Merimbula Bay

Ahoy Shipmates, Throughout last night and the early hours of this morning the conditions were light and variable and YOUNG ENDEAVOUR made relatively slow progress to the south. Following morning brief I conducted Captains setting and furling drills and once this activity was completed we commenced our pilotage into our planned anchorage at the northern point of Merimbula Bay. Once at anchor both boats were launched and a ferry service commenced to land all of the Youth Crew ashore at the picturesque beachside township of Merimbula. Given that this was the first anchorage of the voyage were the YC had access to civilization and in particular ���fast food�� they took full advantage of the opportunity to re-equate their taste buds with everything that isn’t good for them, including the local McDonalds which reported a roaring trade. At 1600 all of the YC were back onboard and given the forecast of a late afternoon southerly change I decided that we would weigh anchor and proceed to the southern end of Merimbula Bay were we would have a less exposed anchorage for the night. Once safely at anchor the Sailmaster conducted a communications exercise which was followed by another memorable ���teak deck BBQ��. This evening the YC were briefed on the purpose and aims of Command Day and held elections to determine which of them would serve in leadership positions. Being at anchor has provided the YC with the opportunity to develop plans on how they hope to achieve their mission as well as the chance to catch up on some much needed rest prior to what will prove to be a very demanding and tiring 24 hours.Until tomorrow, take careYours AyeCaptain Gav


36° 56' South / 149° 55' East


Currently at anchor at Pambula Beach (southern end of Merimbula Bay) and experiencing moderate 10-15kt SW winds.