Latitude: 
22° 55' South
Longitude: 
151° 15' East
Conditions: 
VARIABLE
THE VOYAGE TO DATE

WITH SOME GUSTY WINDS PINNING US TO THE WHARF IN MACKAY, WE DECIDED TO STAY ALONGSIDE ON MONDAY NIGHT AND WELCOMED THE NEW CREW ON BOARD TO START THEIR YOUNG ENDEAVOUR EXPERIENCE.

AFTER INITIAL CLIMBS ALOFT AND SHIPS TOURS OVERNIGHT, WE GOT UNDERWAY ON TUESDAY MORNING TO START THE REAL BUSINESS OF LEARNING TO SAIL THE SHIP.

IN OUR FIRST DAY AND NIGHT UNDERWAY, OUR YOUTH CREW EXPERIENCED SOME MORE SETTING AND FURLING OF SAILS, HOW TO STEER THE SHIP, AND HOW TO CONDUCT ROUNDS OF THE ENGINE ROOM AND OTHER COMPARTMENTS WITHIN THE SHIP. THEY ALSO HAD THEIR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO LAY ALOFT WHILST UNDER WAY. SHIFTING WINDS AND THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE REEF MEANT THAT WE ALL HAD OUR SLEEP INTERRUPTED A NUMBER OF TIMES TO TACK THE SHIP DURING
THE NIGHT. THE YOUTH CREW HAVE PROVEN TO BE QUICK AND ENTHUSIASTIC LEARNERS DESPITE SOME EARLY BOUTS OF SEA SICKNESS WHICH ARE HOPEFULLY LARGELY BEHIND US NOW.

UNFORTUNATELY THE WINDS HAVE NOT BEEN THE BEST FOR SAILING AND SEEM TO STAY ON THE BOW WHICHEVER COURSE WE CHOOSE.

WEDNESDAY WAS A CALM AND SUNNY DAY AND WE HAVE TAKEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SOME GROUND TO THE SOUTH UNDER ENGINES IN THE HOPE THAT WE WILL HAVE MORE TIME TO SAIL LATER IN THE VOYAGE. THE DAY ALSO SAW US DOING NAVIGATION LECTURES AS WELL AS SAILING AND SEAMANSHIP DRILLS. NOT ALL WORK THOUGH, OUR CHEF SPEEDY AND HIS YOUTH CREW ASSISTANTS CONTINUE TO TURN OUT BRILLIANT MEALS INCLUDING AN AFTERNOON TEAS OF CHOCOLATE MUFFINS AND ANZAC BISCUITS.

THIS AFTERNOON, THE SHIP HEAVED TO FOR A WELL DESERVED SWIM AND WE HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO SPOT SOME DOLPHINS AND A WHALE.

IN THE MEANTIME, THE YOUTH CREW CONTINUE TO KEEP WATCHES ROUND THE CLOCK AND ARE MAKING SOME REALLY IMPRESSIVE PROGRESS IN CLIMBING ALOFT, SAIL HANDLING, SEAMANSHIP, NAVIGATION AND GENERAL SHIP KNOWLEDGE. OH....AND THERE IS ALWAYS CLEANING STATIONS IN THE MORNING WHICH EVERYONE LOVES.

WE ARE AIMING TO ANCHOR IN BUSTARD BAY NAER THE TOWN OF 1770 TOMORROW MORNING AND GIVE THE CREW A CHANCE TO SEE HOW WOBBLY THEIR SEA LEGS ARE ON LAND (BECOMING REAL SAILORS NOW). WITH SOME GOOD MILES BEHIND US, I AM HOPING THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO FIND SOME BETTER WINDS AND TAKE THE TIME TO DO MORE SAILING THAN WE HAVE MANAGED SO FAR.

ALL IN ALL THE YOUTH CREW ARE SHAPING UP REALLY WELL AND IT IS A
THRILL TO BE BACK ON BOARD THIS WONDERFUL SHIP AFTER SO LONG. IT
CERTAINLY BEATS THE VIEW FROM MY OFFICE IN CANBERRA.


YOURS AYE

MATT MONCRIEFF
COMMANDER, RAN
CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR