Captain's Log
7 March 2010

At Anchor Great Keppel Island

Hi Everyone, During the early hours of this morning the wind strengthened to 23kts and sail had to be reduced so as to slow our boat speed so as to achieve our planned anchorage of 0900 at Great Keppel Island. All three watches are now working extremely well together and have proven that they can set and furl most sails and have even proven that they can conduct a single watch ���wear ship’ which is quite an achievement so early in the voyage. Originally I had planned to sail to anchor this morning but due to unfavourable south westerly winds this option was no longer achievable and engines had to be utilised instead. At 0910 YOUNG ENDEAVOUR came safely to anchor at Leekes Beach, which is located on the north western side of Great Keppel Island. Once at anchor morning brief then cleaning stations were completed then Taff the Boats Officer gave an informative and interactive presentation on Rules of the Road (this presentation assists the Youth Crew in understanding maritime traffic rules in preparation for when they take the ship on Command Day).This afternoon the Youth Crew were ferried ashore where they enjoyed beach sports, a swim and for some a walk to the other side of the Island were they located civilisation and were able to partake in some much missed necessities (coke & icecream) . This evening with everyone safely back onboard we enjoyed a teak deck BBQ dinner (cooked by Paul and myself) which was followed by an entertaining session of three way talks (communication exercise). To finish of the evening Adam the Navigator gave a short presentation on how to monitor the ships safety while at anchor, then we reverted to anchor watches for the night ensuring that everyone gets a good nights sleep so that they are well rested for the days ahead.Our current intention is to depart Great Keppel Island tomorrow morning and head north to the Percy Islands.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours Aye Captain Gav


23° 9' South / 150° 56' East


Currently at anchor at Great Keppel Island and enjoying light-moderate SW winds with nil swell.