Captain's Log
28 January 2003

Burning the Midnight Oil

Situation at 20:00 Even though it was a quiet night at anchor, the Youth Crew burned the midnight oil planning and preparing for today, commandday. After morning brief and happy hour, Captain John turned command of YOUNG ENDEAVOUR over to Captain Tom and his team.By 11:00 the Youth Crew were under sail and shaping a course to clear Lion Island and leave Broken Bay astern. Throughout theafternoon they continued making ground to the East so as to be in a position to pass through their first waypoint. Unfortunately, they were foiled by a merchant ship sitting on the exact position of the waypoint.Already there have been many valuable lessons learned as the Youth Crew settle in to their new roles. Their skill at tacking the Ship has improved as the day has progressed and their ability to function as a team continues to improve. One of the requirements of command day is that the Youth Crew ensure that they have fun. As Iwrite this I am listening to about half of them singing their way through their repertoire orf ABBA songs-it’s a hard life in a tallship.The Youth Crew plan to enter Hunters Bay at 07:30 tomorrow and then land the Beach Assault Team (BAT) to claim Balmoral Beach inthe name of the youth of Australia. They should have a favourable wind assisting them overnight so they stand an excellent chance of achieving their mission on schedule. Good luck to them.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: During their voyage, the Youth Crew are divided into three watches and are involved in all aspectsof sailing the Ship, from climbing the 30 metre mast, setting and furling sails and taking the helm, to assisting with navigation and the preparation of meals in the galley.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Jackstaff- The pole or staff at the bow or on the bowsprit of a vessel, from which the house flag of amerchant ship or the national flag of a naval ship is flown. The Union Flag of the United Kingdom is correctly only called the Union Jack when it is flown from the Jackstaff, but this has now become anaccepted term for it wherever it is flown. Wear- The manoeuvre by which the stern of a vessel is moved through the direction from which the wind is blowing. This is opposite to a tack, where the bow of the vessel is manoeuvred through the wind.Thought of the day: Solitude is a silent storm that breaks down all our dead branches. Yet it sends our living roots deeper into the living heart of the living earth. Man struggles to find life outside himself, unaware that the life he is seeking is within him.Kahlil Gibran.Yours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RAN


33° 34' South / 151° 27' East


At sea under five sails. Wind: Nor' East at 10 kts, Temp: 25c, Cloud 4/8.