Captain's Log
9 August 2002

Beating to Windward

Situation at 20:00- After the busy pace of the last few days, a quiet night at anchor was greatly appreciated by all hands. We sailed from anchor before the morning brief and shaped a course to tack offshore. The SE wind meant that all day we have been beating to windward as we continue the voyage towards Brisbane. A few green faces have reappeared, butmost of the Youth Crew have found their sea legs and have fully recovered from the effects of mal-de-mer.Just like yesterday, we found ourselves to be an object of interest to the migrating Whale population several times today. On one occassion, a Whale only 20 meters away poked its head out of the sea to investigate us before sounding underneath the Ship and carrying on its way.XO Paul led the second round of rope races and the competition is starting to heat up with all three watches running neck and neck.The Youth Crew are gaining a lot of experience in sail handling and tacking. The head winds that we currently face will require all hands to be called on deck even when they are off watch. We plan on staying at sea until Sunday morning when we will anchor off Noosa and make the final preparations for command day.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: During each voyage the Youth Crew are given command of YOUNG ENDEAVOUR for a 24 hour period and required to complete a mission designed to utilise teamwork, leadership and a basic ability to sail and navigate the Ship. For many members of the Youth Crew, this is considered to be the peak experience of theirvoyage.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Fife Rail-The pin rail located at the foot of a mast used to secure halyards, sheets, braces and other components of the running rigging. It is so named because they were traditionally made of oak from trees grown in the County of Fife in Scotland. Brigantine-A sailing vessel with two masts, of which onlythe foremast is square-rigged or crossed with yards.Thought of the day: A man should never be ashamed to say he has been wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. Alexander Pope.Yours, AyeJohn Cowan


25° 52' South / 153° 19'


Wind SE at 20 kts