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08 May - 18 May

Weather: passing showers, Wind: 145 / 20 kts, Swell: nil, Temp: 20 deg. C

Ahoy there Shipmates,

The ship remained at sea overnight initially making good speed northwards in the fresh SE conditions, rolling occasionally when a larger set of swells came through. During the ‘guts watch’ the blueys had a busy time, when the wind backed 40 degrees, setting a full press of sail and conducting a one-watch-wear.

All of the watches also undertook the leadership activity known as the ‘Bearex’, which is controlled by the watch leaders, who set their watch a task they have not seen before. They are, however, given a set of detailed instructions on how to complete the task. It is an initiative and leadership activity designed to provide the natural leaders an opportunity to step-up and take charge of the situation. After a very uncomfortable night with the Ship bouncing around at the mercy of the gusty 25 knot winds and 2.0 metre wind waves, we went to tacking stations at 0530 as we approached the western shore of the Whitsunday Passage. After the wind shift it was decided, rather than try and continue around the eastern side of Hook Is, to beat to windward back down the Whitsunday Passage to find a sheltered anchorage for tonight.

The difficult overnight conditions remained with us all day. Accordingly we scaled down the activities we had planned. We had a later morning brief and shortened ‘happy hour’. There was a poor turn-out at lunch as many of those who had found their sea legs 24 hrs earlier had lost them again.

In the afternoon we undertook Demonstrational Tacks during which 3 members of each watch came to the bridge to witness what occurs when the Ship Tacks. This is aimed at preparing the youthies for Command Day.

After dinner we anchored in Butterfly Bay at the northern end of Hook Island. Shortly afterwards I gave my Sail Theory presentation to each of the watches. This was aimed at providing the youthies with enough knowledge on how Young Endeavour’s sails produce drive to enable them to control the Ship successfully on Command Day (only 36 hours away now!)

It is intended to remain here overnight and put the crew ashore tomorrow if the conditions are conducive.

Until tomorrow, yours aye,


P.S. Happy Birthday for today James