Captain's Log
10 October 2011


Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day seven, overnight the ship tacked on the arrival of a 20 knot southerly change at midnight and shaped a course closing the coast bound for Broken Bay. The rising sea made life uncomfortable on the new course for those trying to sleep as well as those on watch, fortunately this slowly decreased as the wind abated.The morning commenced with yet another rousing tune this time from Red Watch, then with breakfast, morning brief and happy hour completed each watch conducted final preparations for their Captain’s setting and furling assessment.After lunch Engineer Leon conducted another challenging round of rope races as the ship entered Broken Bay, then as the ship transited up Cowan Creek I assessed each watch in their ability to safely set and furl sails without their staff Watch Leaders to ensure that they were ready to control the ship when they assume command at 1300 on Tuesday for 24 hours. With great satisfaction each watch successfully achieved the required standard and celebrated with a packet of Tim Tams.The ship then anchored adjacent Cottage Point where a jubilant Youth Crew where transferred ashore in the ships RHIB to once again test their sea legs on solid ground for a few hours. Once back onboard the ship, a BBQ dinner was consumed on the upper decks as the sun slowly set, this was followed by the Youth Crew electing their Command Team under the capable hands of Youth Captain Tom and his team.After another very busy day, the Youth Crew have settled down for the night, hopefully achieving a good night’s rest in anticipation and preparation for tomorrow’s commencement of Command Day.Our last seven days at sea had seen significant developments in the overall journey of our young adventurers. They have progressed enormously both individually and collectively as the voyage continues to gain momentum. Command Day approaches with great anticipation for all. The intention is remain at anchor prior to weighing the following afternoon for the adventure and challenge that is Young Endeavour.Until tomorrow evening when you will read the exploits of the ship from Captain Tom, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


33°36's / 151°12'e


2359 at anchor - weather scattered cloud, wind SW 3 knots, swell nil, temperature 16 degrees, barometer 1010 hpa