Latitude: 
33° 35' South
Longitude: 
151° 17' East
Conditions: 
At anchor in Broken Bay. Wind: Light Airs, Cloud: 5/8, Temp: 17c
Situation at 20:00-

During the night watches the Youth Crew were busy practising their navigation, as well as working aloft. Despite the wind being
almost non-existant, we continued to make ground towards Broken Bay with the assistance of the 'Iron Jib\.

Morning brief was yet another hilarious affair. Navigator Phil showed us the progress we had made over the past day and XO
Paige outlined the plan of the day. The Salty Sea Dog, ably assisted by Captain John, described the nautical origins of the saying 'a son of a gun'. Engineer Stewy didn't know whether to be happy or sad when
he saw the small size of his scran bag this morning. Navigator Phil served as a celebrity song leader for those few guilty culprits who left gear about. Today's happy hour was 'Brasso Day\". All hands turned to shining every bit of brass and in no time the Ship was gleaming. Morning tea consisted of a mixture of dried fruits and Tim Tams. The latest installment of rope races was a real nail biter. The watches are neck and neck as they head into the home stretch. At
11:00 YOUNG ENDEAVOUR anchored off Hungry Beach in Broken Bay.

As soon as lunch was over the Youth Crew were ferried ashore. After a quick game of touch footy on the beach, they mustered for
Captain John to give them their command day briefing and their mission. They are to sail the Ship from Broken Bay to Hunters Bay in
Sydney Harbour. Along the way they have several tasks to complete and several waypoints to pass through. Once the briefing was completed the Youth Crew conducted their elections to determine who will form
their command team. Congratulations to Captain Johann and his team. All hands were back onboard at 17:00 and able to enjoy another of Chef Stony's terrific meals. At 19:00 all hands were gathered 'midships, and Captain Johann introduced the members of the Youth Crew command team.

The Youth Crew have until 22:00 to ask the Staff Crew questions about what to expect during command day. They have worked hard to get to this stage and are well prepared for their chance to take charge of a tallship. The weather forecast calls for strong winds so they will need to have their wits about them.


YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation instruments such as the Global Positioning System and Radar. Traditional methods of navigating, such as visual fixing and celestrial navigation are also practised. Each of the Officers of the Watch are fully qualified as Bridge watchkeepers and Navigator Phil and Captain John are navigation specialists.

YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: 'Let Draw'- The order given to bring a sail across the centreline of the Ship from one tack to the
other. This is achieved b ychecking away on thw windward sheet and heaving in on the leeward sheet. Fairlead - An opening in the
bulwark, or on top of the capping rail, through which berthing hawsers are led and re-directed to an advantageous position where
they can be worked.

Thought of the Day: The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves
completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their
reserves. Leon Trotsky.

Yours, Aye

John Cowan
LCDR, RAN

Day 7 - We have finally discovered and infiltrated the Captain's log! Over the past week we have come a long way, from complete strangers to close friends. Strong bonds have formed and many adventures have been had. From the challenges of climbing the yards in rainy weather at sea to the hilarity and antics of Pete-o-saurus (aka Wonder Woman) to playing hacky-sack with empty juice bottles, every moment has been
a memorable one. Command day is tomorrow and preparation is currently underway - undoubtedly the biggest challenge we will face, but probably the most rewarding. Watch this space for future updates! Arrrr, Soph and Johann on behalf of the youth crew ;)
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