Voyage name: 
V17/17 Sydney to Sydney
04 Dec - 14 Dec 2017
33 35.7' S
S 151 12.7' E

Wind - 110 / 5 kn, Weather - Fine, Swell - nil, Temp - 18 deg. C

Ahoy there Shipmates,

Overnight the Ship remained at sea on passage to Broken Bay. The youthies got the opportunity to further hone their sail handling skills as well as practice their coastal navigation.

After a comfortable night at sea motor-sailing towards Broken Bay we awoke to a tasty Eggs Benedict option for breakfast.

Morning Brief included a visit from ‘Salty’, who explained the origin of the nautical term Store High In Transit (SHIT) and why it was a word that is permitted onboard. Happy Hour followed, which led into more Setting and Furling practice.

At 1100 Sumo and I began the ‘Captain’s Setting and Furling’ assessment process to ensure each watch is at the required standard to proceed to Command Day, during which they will be expected to be able to operate safely with a lower degree of supervision. The staff transition from Instructional Leadership to Guided Leadership.

I am pleased to say that all three watches passed the assessment. I then issued the youth crew with my ‘Captain’s Challenge’. That was for the youthies to set most of the fore-and–aft sails along with the Top Sail in under 60 minutes. The benefit of this activity is it’s the youth crew’s first chance to operate as one large group. They need to organise, plan and execute the task in the time available. It is a good lead-in to Command Day. Tonight they will hold their Command Day elections and they will now be better placed to make an informed decision on who to vote for based on today’s experiences.

The youthies then furled and clewed-up all sails as the Ship proceeded into our planned anchorage in Jerusalem Bay. After a short break Round 4 of Rope Races was held, after which I briefed the youth crew on the aims and requirements of Command Day, which is planned to occur between 1pm tomorrow (Mon 11) and 1pm the following day (Tue 12). Command Day elections followed and on completion Youth Crew Captain of Voyage 17/17, Cassidy Neville-Pope, provided me with the results.
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.

The intention is to remain in our current anchorage overnight and conduct the handover of the Ship to the Youth Crew at 1300 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 Cassidy.

Yours Aye

Captain Mike

I have a message to pass on from Brittany Madeley:

Happy 24th Birthday Tess!
Hope someone made you a cake :)
Love Brittany