V10/17 Sydney to Brisbane
21 Aug - 31 Aug 2017
26 degrees 40 minutes South
153 degrees 07 minutes East
At anchor, 18°C at 6m above sea level
Ahoy there Shipmates,
Overnight the ship continued motor-sailing towards Mooloolaba. The wind gradually abated and we had furled and clewed-up all sails, with the exception of the centred Main Staysail, and were running on engines by the middle of the morning watch. During the night the watches conducted the activity known as ‘Apples and Onions’, which is a self-awareness activity run by the Watch Leaders, as well as conducting training in preparation for my Captain’s Setting and Furling assessment, scheduled to start early this morning.
Allan and I commenced Captain’s Setting and Furling Drills at 0700 which enable me to evaluate each watch’s ability to safely set and furl sails, without staff present. This is a requirement before progressing to Command Day. All three watches passed the assessment. While they were still on a high after their success in the morning assessment, I gave the youth crew my Captain’s challenge, which was to gasket all the square sails, without any input from staff, within 45 min. This they completed safely and competently.
We then headed in to Mooloolaba, anchoring in the SW corner of the bay. After lunch we put the Youthies ashore to enjoy the beach and shops along the elplanade. Everyone returned onboard by 1630. At 1730 we had a ‘Teak Deck BBQ whilst enjoying the evening skyline of Mooloolaba. I briefed the youth crew on the aims and requirements of Command Day, which is planned to occur between 10am tomorrow (Mon 28) and 10am Tue 29. Youth Crew then conducted their Command Day elections to select their Leadership Team for the next 24 hrs.
Congratulations to all members of the Youth Crew for what they have achieved in the Voyage so far and to those successful office holders for Command Day.
After the elections we screened the film ‘Around Cape Horn’, which details the adventures of Captain Irving Johnson when he sailed as an ordinary seaman through storms around Cape Horn onboard the massive bark ‘Peking’.
The intention is to remain in our current anchorage overnight and conduct the handover of the Ship to the Youth Crew at 1000 tomorrow. That will begin the adventure and challenge that is Command Day in Young Endeavour.
Until tomorrow evening when we will also hear from Youth Captain Melanie Heuke.