Latitude: 
24° 9' South
Longitude: 
151° 52' East
Conditions: 
VARIABLE
EVENING POSITION

WE HAVE HAD SOME BEAUTIFUL WEATHER OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS, ALTHOUGH STILL NOT THE BEST FOR SAILING. LAST NIGHT, AFTER ANPOTHER GOURMET FEAST, THE CREW SETTLED INTO THEIR WATCH ROUTINE AS WE CONTINUED SOUTH HEADING FOR 1770. BETWEEN ROUNDS OF THE SHIP, WEATHER OBSERVATIONS, HELM DUTIES, GALLEY DUTIES AND PRACTICING SETTING AND FURLING SAILS, THE YOUTH CREW HAVE BEEN FAIRLY BUSY. WITH ALL CASES OF SEASICKNESS NOW GONE, THE TEAM IS REALLY SETTLING IN AND SOME GREAT CHARACTERS ARE STARTING TO EMERGE.

AFTER BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, AND THE EVER FUN CLEANING STATIONS, WE HAD OUR SECOND ROUND OF ROPE RACES WHERE EACH WATCH COMPETES TO SEE WHO IS LEARNING THEIR WAY AROUND THE SHIP MORE QUICKLY. WITH BLUE WATCH TAKING AN EARLY LEAD, RED WATCH CAME STORMING BACK TODAY IN A CLOSE CONTEST. THE SHIP CAME TO ANCHOR AT 1000 THIS MORNING AND WE FITTED IN A SAIL THEORY LECTURE BEFORE LUNCH AND THEN ALL WENT ASHORE IN THE SHIPS BOAT.

AFTER A WALK AROUND THE TOWN OF 1770, WE ALL HAD AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME GAMES AND A CHANCE TO STRETCH THE NEW FOUND 'SEA LEGS'. BACK ON BOARD, THE CREW ENJOYED A 'TEAK DECK BBQ' COOKED BY SPEEDY AND HIS THREE GALLEY SLAVES (ANDY, BEN AND ASHLEY). I DONT THINK THAT CAPTAIN COOK'S CREW ENJOYED THEIR VISIT HERE AS MUCH AS WE HAVE AND THEY HAD PROBABLY RAN OUT OF GAS FOR THEIR BBQ. AFTER DINNER, THE YOUTH CREW HELD THREE WAY TALKS, WHERE EACH OF THEM INTRODUCES ANOTHER CREW MEMBER AS A WAY OF GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER A LITTLE BETTER. THERE ARE DEFINATELY SOME NATURAL COMEDIANS IN THIS CROWD.

TONIGHT WE WILL ENJOY SOME TIME AT ANCHOR AND A CHANCE TO CATCH UP ON SOME SLEEP BEFORE SAILING FURTHER SOUTH TOMORROW.

YOURS AYE

MATT MONCRIEFF
COMMANDER, RAN
CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR