Ahoy Shipmates, Sunrise this morning found YE 20nm to the south east of Sydney Harbour motor sailing and battling against a 15-20kt headwind with a 2m swell. Following the normal morning activities, yards were braced, sails set and the ship made another one of her impressive entries into Sydney Harbour. After avoiding a number of spectator craft and the normal harbour traffic YE came to anchor in the spectacular Farm Cove (fantastic views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge) at 1200. Given that the 5 day voyage program does not allow enough time to conduct a full Command Day, it was decided to replace it with a 4 hour ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Captains Challengeï¿½ï¿½. This exercise proved to be very successful in the last ANC voyage so it was decided to trial this activity again. This time it was decided that the challenge would be modified so that it consisted of a number of challenging tasks that had to be completed in a set period of time. By completing this activity it gives the Youth Crew the opportunity to put into practice the teamwork and communication skills that they have developed over the past 4 days. Again this activity was very successful with the YC thoroughly enjoying the challenge and doing exceptionally well with all of the tasks. A highlight of this activity was the landing of the Beach Assault Team (BAT) to the Opera House, were they managed to coerce 150 Girl Guides into singing the National Anthem over the portable ships radio. At 16:00 the exercise was formally completed and a short debrief given. This group facilitated debrief provided everyone with the opportunity to discuss lessons learned from this exercise and it was the opinion of the YC that this had been both a challenging and rewarding exercise. On completion of this debrief, the pool was open and everyone enjoyed a very pleasant 20 minute swim. This evening we enjoyed one of YE’s famous ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½teak deck BBQ’sï¿½ï¿½ (cooked by the Captain and Engineer) which was followed by an entertaining ship’s concert and the movie Around Cape Horn. Prior to the commencement of the movie we celebrated Victoria Cameron-Tuckers 18th Birthday, complete with birthday cake and a very rowdy YC singing happy birthday. The rest of the evening will be spent with YC completing end of voyage questionnaires and ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½letters to themselvesï¿½ï¿½, which are returned to each YC member six months after voyage completion. Overnight all watches will enjoy their last anchor watch together before completing their voyage at Fleet Base East (Garden Island) at 1400 tomorrow afternoon.This ends another memorable voyage for the Youth Crew and Staff of STS Young Endeavour. Due to the next 10 days being spent alongside in Sydney, this will be the last Captains Log until 13 Oct 08 when the ship will commence Voyage 15-08 from Sydney to Eden. Until next voyage, take careYours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently at anchor in Farm Cove and experiencing very light 5kt NW winds.