Battling Head Winds
Situation at 20:00- Overnight the Watch-on-Deck was kept busy conducting single watch tacks as the Ship maintained a position Nor’East of Broken Bay.Morning brief saw Salty Sea Dog Bullet once again regale the Youth Crew with the nautical origins of everyday sayings, and Engineer Rags extract his pound of flesh in return for gear found sculling.As the Ship shaped a course into Broken Bay, Captain John put the Youth Crew through their paces with setting and furling drills.This was the last check prior to command day and all three watches proved convincingly that they are capable of safely and efficiently setting, trimming and furling each of YOUNG ENDEAVOUR’s square andfore-and-aft sails. Prior to anchoring, all hands turned to at happy hour which included a Staff mess disco (well done Stony). The Ship sailed to anchor off Walker Point in 12 meters of water and only a short distance from the National Fitness Camp which was kind enough to allow us the use of its beach. Watch Officer Bullet ferried allhands ashore for a game of beach Cricket and a swim.The Youth Crew have just completed their command day elections (congratulations Captain Steve) and are busy picking thebrains of their Staff Crew counterparts. Tomorrow at 13:00 they will assumne command of YOUNG ENDEAVOUR and sail the Ship through a series of waypoints enroute to their destination at Hunters Bay in Sydney Harbour. The wind is forecast to be Southerly at 25-30 kts so they will have their work cut out for them as they will have to battle head winds all the way.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship can fly over 800 square meters of sail. The single largest sail is the Drifter (141.5 sq m)which replaces the Jib in very light airs. The biggest square sail is the Course (97.9 sq m).YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Back- To back a sail is to fill it with wind on the wrong side.The effect is to drive the ship backwards instead of forwards. A sail is then said to be ‘aback’ and if not planned, the ship is said to be ‘taken aback’. Luff- A sail is said to luff when its leading edge (or luff) starts to fill with wind fromthe wrong side. The edge of the sail starts to flap and is said to be ‘luffing’. Any further turn towards the wind will put the sail aback.Thought of the day: Not everything is good because it is old nor poems always bad by being new. Good people try both before theymake their choice, while fools but take the view of others.Sanskrit.Yours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RANHello everybody, weather is here, wish you were beautiful. Having a great time here, most of the people are pretty good some are great and so are the Staff. Had a rave today which was fun, command day is tomorrow and I have ended up as a watch leader which will be interesting. See you all when I get back. Special hellos to Caroline, Dad, Sarah, Dylan, Ashley, Caravan Dan and the Kung Fu people.Benjamin MorganHi Mum, Dad, Andrew and Sarah. I am having a fantastic time, meeting lots of fun and interesting people. I have been elected watch leader of command day, looking forward to the challenge. A very special hello and happy birthday to Vosie have a good one champ. Lot of love,Cam.
At anchor in Broken Bay Wind: Nor'East at 10 kts, Sky: 1/8 cloud and smokey, Temp: 22c.
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