Latitude: 
41° 0' South
Longitude: 
174° 28' East
Conditions: 

Sailing in Cook Strait, wind 310 at 20 knots.

Ahoy there Shipmates,

After a restful night at anchor in Ship Cove of Queen Charlotte Sound, the crew were woken by Sail Master Guv at 0630 and mustered on deck for an early morning swim and rope swing. We then dined on another of Luke’s delicious breakfasts of fresh fruit, yoghurts, hot fresh-baked pastries and the crowd favourite of bacon and egg rolls cooked on the barbeque.

The 0800 Morning Brief included a ‘Salty’ extravaganza explaining “Sun of a Gun”. There was much laughter from all involved and then Nanna Diesel graced us with her presence and we added another couple of morning songs to our collection. That was of course followed by the usual Happy Hour. Soon after this we did what is called ‘Opposites’, which is where the Youth Crew Command Team members have the opportunity to discuss their impending roles on Command Day with their equivalent Staff Crew members. Elspeth and I had a very productive discussion and I think the team is well placed to tackle the challenges of Command Day. After lunch my Staff Crew and I got dressed-up in our best holiday boardies and conducted the handover ceremony at which I handed Young Endeavour over to Captain Elspeth and her able-bodied crew. For them to use for Command Day to achieve their tasks and most importantly to have fun! On completion my crew and I all jumped over the side of Young Endeavour for dramatic effect. The water was in a word “fresh”.

So over to the Youth Crew Captain Elspeth for her thoughts on the day, and until tomorrow at 1300 when the adventure of Command Day draws to a close! . . . Carpe Diem!

One final thing, a very Big Happy Birthday to Carina, our Chef extraordinaire’s beautiful bride!! Luke sends his love and everyone on board sends their best wishes and all hope you had a wonderful Birthday!

Yours Aye

Captain Dion Curtis



Youth Crew Captain: Elspeth

Ahoy there!

So as of 1300 today I was handed over my Captain’s hat and spy glass along with a set of instructions for the 24 hour period that is our Command Day. Our first challenge involved sending a team ashore to retrieve our navigation instructions that were stolen by a pesky Kiwi and hidden in a tree where Captain Cook once stood. Our brainy Nav Jay then set to work in plotting a course and making a plan of attack in order to arrive in Wellington by 0730 tomorrow morning, which is another of our task requirements. The afternoon involved the completion of a number of tasks by everyone on deck to ensure we can make the most of the time we have as this will surely fly! Just before 1830 we weighed anchor and departed Ship Cove and as at 1915 engines were off and it was over to us, how exciting! Our sail master Hayden has been busy on deck coordinating the setting of sails and we have picked up to a steady speed just over 3 knots. The sun is setting over the South Island as we sail into Cooks Strait for an amazing adventure on Australia’s National Sail Training Ship. I’ll let you all know how we go in tomorrow evenings instalment.

-‘El Capitan’ Elspeth