Captain's Log
2 February 2001

Bring out yer dead!

Had another reasonably rough night at sea, only to be greeted by a great day with moderate winds (unfortunately from the direction we would like to sail), a low swell and warm weather. Excellent conditions continued all day for upperdeck activities such as setting and furling sails, tacking drills and even a few deck games. YC morale increased significantly with the passing of the seasickness and many of the blank looks and quiet countenances are being replaced by smiles, keen interest and cheerfulness. If we continue with our current progress, we will be in Eden, the home of Old Tom the killer whale, on Sunday.Yours AyeMatthew RoweYouth Crew entry for Friday 2 Feb 01:Hey everyone, greetings from aboard Young Endeavour. My name is Erin and I am from Albury in New South Wales. Today has been a fairly good day. Woke up at 11:45pm to do the shift from 12 to 4 am. Was lucky enough to be given the chance to drive the ship which I thoroughly enjoyed and would love to do again sometime soon. Finished at 4 and went back to bed before being awoken at 8am to get ready for morning briefing. After being told what was happening for the day we then had happy hour which was cleaning of the entire ship.A mixed afternoon was had by all with an informative lecture given by Damien (Dulmo) on ‘road rules’ (of the sea) followed by some games with Emma. In conclusion, I would just like to thank everyone for this opportunity to sail on board this ship, it is truly appreciated and is something I will never forget. Take care Mum and Dad, Mark, Laura and Dean. Miss ya heaps, am having a blast. Seeya home soon, love Erin.Hi everybody, carrying on from Erin today – my name is Bridget, and I’m 21, from Ballarat, Victoria. We had a beautiful day today with the dolphins jumping over periodically and the daredevils hopping on to the very front of the bow to get a bit of a splash and a scream around the heaving deck. Morale picked up a lot from this morning, where there were a lot of cold people looking shivery and morose on deck, and the staff were even drawing chalk lines around those languishing, and saying ‘Bring out yer dead’. Was one of the deadest of the dead this morning myself but found that the seasickness hell does disappear, and this sailing caper could actually be brilliant. Lots of us made this transformation today, and our watch cheer went from a wimpy little groan to something rivaling the Essondon fans at the Grand final. In short, the lines were hauled on with more vigor, the deck was skipped on more lightly, and the mast was climbed with a lot more monkeyness. Have to have the self indulgent little hello to Sarah whom I was going to throttle for suggesting I come on this, but now want to hug hard and thank so much. Hello and heaps of love to family and Jes. Thanks to everybody on this unique boat who has made this extraordinary experience what it is.


39° 2' South / 147° 55'


Situation at 1800: At sea to the south of the Bass Strait Oilfields. Making ground to the NE. Temp 21C Wind 092 at 14 knots.