Captain's Log
19 June 2004


The calm winds yesterday afternoon provided a much welcome break from the Ship’s motion of the previous 18 hours, and the short fetchof Hervey Bay ensured the swell dropped very quickly as well. No wind resulted in very little forward motion despite the volume ofsails set. If you can’t beat them, join them became the cry, so at 1400 all sail was handed in and several brave souls ventured into the ‘pool’ for a quick dip. Those that did found that the water was distinctly warmer than the chilly breeze and very refreshing. After the swim, YOUNG ENDEAVOUR proceeded to get underway on a Starboard Tack to the south. Initially under Jib, Forestay sail,Topgallant, Topsail, Mainstay sail, Topgallant staysail and Main, theship made an impressive sight as the sun sank below the cloudless horizon and night fell.Overnight the wind backed to the west, and the square sails were handed in allowing the Ship to come hard on to the wind. The watcheswere kept busy with laying aloft to secure the squares, and continuing their sail handling training, rounds, helm and lookoutduties. It was pleasing to see how far they have progressed with their sail handling skills in such a short time. Perhaps it wassomething to do with the calm motion of the ship which has frequently rolled more whilst alongside.This morning a magnificent sunrise has given way to a clear and sunny (if still a little chilly) day. After a faultless tack at0830, Navigator ‘Stan showed an artistic representation of our past 24hours track. Salty Seadog Hector then explained in a creative way the origins of the terms Port and Starboard. This animated tale involved Egyptian and Viking guests, a watermelon and some sharp implements representing sails, leeboards and steerboards. Stewey also did a quick clean up and returned many items of clothing to youth crew who in return sang a very amusing tale about a little green frog.The youth crew have just completed their first teamwork exercise which aims to highlight the roles and responsibilities of different levels of management from the higher and mid levels to the workerbees. It is the first of a series of activities that will culminate in Command Day early next week.The Ship is now making ground towards an anchorage at Bagara near Bundaberg for a well earned break ashore. YOUNG ENDEAVOUR FACT FILE:YOUNG ENDEAVOUR is fitted with an ANSCHUTZ STANDARD 20 gyro compass. This mechanical compass uses gyroscopic inertia andthe earth’s rotation to determine True North. The Ship’s Head is then displayed in a strip repeat for the helmsman, pelorus for navigation and the Ship’s radar.THOUGHT OF THE DAY:Be ever careful in your choice of friends,And let your special love be given to thoseWhose stength of character may prove the whipThat drives you ever to fair wisdom’s goal.Mutsuhito – Emperor of Japan 1852 – 1912Yours Aye,Phil GadenLieutenant, RANActing Commanding Officer


24° 50' South / 152° 39' East


Wind westerly at 10 knots. Weather fine.