23° 50' South
151° 19'
At anchor off Gladstone, Wind:SE at 14 knots.
Situation at 20:00-

At 5 minutes to eight o'clock this morning YOUNG ENDEAVOUR arrived at the Gladstone Pilot Boarding station and Command day came to an end. Throughout the night the Youth Crew sailed the Ship from Bustard Bay, where they had landed the beach assault team, proceeded to an assigned waypoint for a fifty point bonus, then shaped a course for the the finish line. Over the duration of Command day, they sailed a total of 55 nautical miles, made 11 sail changes and prepared and served 102 meals. This represents a very significant achievement,especially when you consider that only a week ago the Youth Crew
consisted of 24 strangers, none of whom had ever sailed a tallship and few of whom had ever sailed.

The real important lessons of the Command day were analysed in detail at the de-briefing that was conducted after lunch. The Youth Crew were divided into three groups and with the Staff Crew serving as facilitators, each group carried out an in depth analysis of the experience. There were several common themes identified by the three
different groups. The neccessity of effective communication, tolerance and respect for others and involving as many team members as possible in the decision making process were the major issues that were discussed. It was quite amazing to see such a diverse group of young Australians discussing their experiences in such an open, frank and sincere manner.

The Ship's concert has just completed, and there was an abundance of talent displayed by all hands. Appropriately enough, the \true\" story of Matthew Flinders was a big hit.

After the busy time they had last night, the Youth Crew are glad to have only shortened anchor watches to man tonight. They will need a good night's sleep in order to be prepared for tomorrow's half-day sail where they will act as hosts onboard for up to forty guests from the Gladstone area.

YOUNG ENDEAVOUR fact file: On the Ship's transom nameboard are carved the official flowers of all of the states and territorities of Australia. In addition, the national flowers of the four countries that form the United Kingdom are also represented.

Thought of the day: To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one's self. And to venture in the highest sense is precisely to become conscious of one's self. Soren Kierkegaard.

Yours, Aye

John Cowan

Ahoy from Dr Sue,
We sailed into Gladstone this morning, and it is hard not to wonder what Flinders would have made of it all, 200 years along the track. He would recognise the distinctive landmark Mount Larcom, with its castle like rock formation on the summit, and Facing Island would still be recognisable, except for a few houses on the southern end. The sandbar at the entrance still causes sailors some concern, but the marked channels are probably the type of feature he dreamed of.

But as for the township itself, I wonder if Flinders ever imagined in his wildest dreams that an important industrial centre would be developed at this place. His log sometimes evaluates places in terms of their suitability as a base for the whaling industry that was developing in the early 19th century, so perhaps he did have visions about the coastlines longer term future.

History is a series of linked and interrelated events, and those events are made possible by characters with exceptional qualities,who are in turn supported and facilitated by those around them.Sailing in Flinders path has brought history to life for us aboard Young Endeavour, giving us a far more intimate understanding of the day to day experiences of life aboard a tall sailing ship. Some parts of that experience remain as they were 200 years ago aboard the Investigator, a human legacy we need to cherish.

We are all looking forward to sharing this beautiful ship with the Gladstone people tomorrow, but our experiences, as with Flinders and his people, will remain within our memories.

From Dr Sue