26° 55' South
153° 11' East
2200 at sea - Weather overcast, Wind SE 22 knots, Swell SE 1.2 metres, Temperature 23 degrees, Barometer 1018 hpa
Ahoy there everyone,
Overnight the ship remained underway motor sailing south against a 20 knot SE wind and 1.5 metre sea. At sunrise we were abeam Fraser Island making good six knots. After morning brief and happy hour we conducted our own special ANZAC Day commemorative service concluding with casting a native floral wreath into the ocean.

After lunch and round five of rope races, I assessed Captain's setting and furling drills. These drills are designed to evaluate each watch in their ability to safely set and furl sails without compromising their own or the team's safety in preparation for Command Day. It was with great satisfaction that each watch successfully completed this task sails without their Watch Leaders, displaying high standards of teamwork, communication, knowledge and safety.

Next the Youth Crew elected their Command Team for the following day when they will take control of the ship for 24 hours in the capable hands of Youth Captain Sam and his team.

To complete the evening a special movie was screened, depicting a young man who sailed around Cape Horn in 1929 on one of the last tall ship cargo vessels. Many similarities and comparisons could be drawn 80 years later with our own band of young adventurers. So after another very busy day, the Youth Crew have settled down for the night, hopefully achieving a good night's rest in anticipation and preparation for tomorrow's commencement of Command Day.

Our last seven days at sea had seen significant developments in the overall journey of our young adventurers. They have progressed enormously both individually and collectively as the voyage continues to gain momentum. Command Day approaches with great anticipation for all. The intention is to anchor in Moreton Bay at midnight were we will remain at anchor prior to weighing the following afternoon for the adventure and challenge that is Command Day in Young Endeavour. Until tomorrow evening when we will read the exploits of Youth Captain Sam and his team, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien