Latitude: 
26° 40' South
Longitude: 
153° 8' East
Conditions: 
SUNNY AND CALM
EVENING POSITION

WELL, WHAT AN ACTION PACKED DAY. YET MORE SUNNY AND CALM WEATHER GREETED US THIS MORNING AS WE MADE OUR WAY SOUTH TOWARDS MOOLOOLABA.

WE WERE TREATED TO A GREAT SPECTACLE THIS MORNING AS WE GOT INTO POSITION TO WATCH THE FORMER NAVY DESTROYER, HMAS BRISBANE, SCUTTLED AND SUNK OFF ENTRANCE TO THE HARBOUR. YOUNG ENDEAVOUR JOINED A CROWD OF SEVERAL HUNDRED SMALLER VESSELS TO GET A GREAT VANTAGE POINT FOR BRISBANE'S FINAL MOMENTS AFLOAT BEFORE BEGINNING HER NEW LIFE AS A DIVE ATTRACTION. WITH HOLES CUT IN HER SIDES AND ALL HATCHES OPEN, THE SHIP SETTELD VERY QUICKLY INTO THE WATER AFTER THE EXPLOSIVE CHARGES WERE DETONATED AND WAS GONE IN TWO MINUTES. A GREAT SIGHT BUT
SAD ALSO AS A NUMBER OF THE NAVY CREW (MYSELF INCLUDED) ARE EX
BRISBANE SAILORS AND HAVE GREAT MEMORIES OF THIS WONDERFUL SHIP.

YOUNG ENDEAVOUR THEN JOINED AN A HUGE NUMBER OF VESSELS HEADING BACK TO MOOLOOLABA AND WE CAME TO ANCHOR OFF THE BEACH WHERE WE WILL REMAIN OVERNIGHT. AFTER LUNCH THE CREW HEADED ASHORE FOR SOME BEACH SPORTS AND A CHANCE FOR THE YOUTH CREW TO ELECT THEIR TEAM FOR COMMAND DAY WHICH STARTS AFTER LUNCH TOMORROW. THEY HAVE PICKED A GREAT TEAM AND ALL THE CREW ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CHALLENGE OF SAILING THE SHIP FOR 24 HOURS.

THIS EVENING WE ENJOYED A BBQ ON DECK AND THEN VIDEO NIGHT IN THE
CAFE WATCHING WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO SAIL SQUARE RIG SHIPS AROUND CAPE HORN. NO ONE SEEMS TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE CALM WEATHER WE HAVE HAD AFTER WATCHING WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE AROUND THE HORN EARLIER LAST CENTURY.

SO, TOMORROW SEES THE START OF THE YOUTH CREW'S BIGGEST CHALLENGE YET AND, IF THE LEVEL OF ENTHUSIASM IS ANYTHING TO GO BY, IT WILL BE A GREAT EXPERIENCE.


YOURS AYE

MATT MONCRIEFF
COMMANDER, RAN
CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR