Latitude: 
39° 50' South
Longitude: 
146° 40' East
Conditions: 
WINDS GUSTED TO OVER 35 KNOTS
PAST 24 HOURS

YESTERDAY AFTERNOON SAW OUR YOUNG ADVENTURERS GAIN AN INSIGHT INTO NAVIGATION AND A LITTLE MORE SAIL THEORY. THE FAVOURABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS CONTINUED WITH WINDS FROM THE NORTH WEST AT 20 KNOTS AS WE PROCEEDED TO DEAL ISLAND IN THE NORTH EAST. OVERNIGHT SOME MAGNIFICENT SAILING WAS DONE, WITH ALL THREE SQUARES BEING POWERED UP AND SPEEDS OF 13 KNOTS BEING REACHED. AN AWESOME SIGHT AND A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR OUR TEAM.

AVERAGING CLOSE TO 10 KNOTS OVERNIGHT WE CONTINUED TO OUR NEXT ANCHORAGE IN THE KENT GROUP TO THE NORTH WEST OF FLINDERS ISLAND IN THE MIDDLE OF BASS STRAIT.

TODAY SOME GREAT SAIL HANDLING EXPERIENCE WAS GAINED AS WINDS GUSTED TO OVER 35 KNOTS. THIS ALSO PROVED A VERY CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT FOR MANY OF OUR TEAM WHO LAY ALOFT TO SEA FURL AND CAST LOOSE GASKETS ON OUR SQUARE SAILS ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS WITH THE CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS.

GOING INTO LUNCH THE YOUTH CREW ARE ALL PRETTY MUCH OVER THEIR SEA SICKNESS AND ARE EXPERIENCING SOME FANTASIC SAILING IN THE MIDDLE OF BASS STRAIT. MORALE IS HIGH AND ALL ARE DEALING WITH ALL CHALLENGES BEING THROWN THEIR WAY.

COMMENTS BY YOUTH CREW:
WELL WHAT CAN I SAY. THE LAST 24 HOURS HAVE BEEN CHALLENGING BUT YET STILL SOME HOW REWARDING. BEING THE DISH PIGGY WITH THE BOAT LEANING AT A 45 DEGREE ANGLE, CLIMBING THE MAST AND SWINGING OUT ON THE TOP YARD IN 25 TO 30 KNOT WINDS, AND TRYING NOT TO FALL OUT OF BED IN 2M SWELLS IS WHAT I SUPPOSE THIS EXPERIENCE IS ALL ABOUT.
YESTERDAY AND TODAY WERE FILLED WITH FUN AND ADVENTURE. STARTING WITH LECTURES FROM NOT ONLY HIMSELF THE ONE AND ONLY CAPTIAN DION, ON THE THEROY OF SAILING AND WHY WE TRAVEL FORWARD (OR SOMETIMES BACKWARDS) IN THE WATER. AND ANOTHER LECTURE FROM HECTAR OUR NAVAGATION SPECIALIST ON HOW AND WHY NOT TO CRASH THE SHIP. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST ROPE RACES WITH NANNA DIESEL (THAT HOPEFULLY RED WATCH ARE WINNING). THE DAYS BEING SPENT ON THE BOAT HAVE BROUGHT ALL CREW MEMBERS KNOWLEDGE OF NOT ONLY THE THEORY OF SALING AND NAVIGATION SKILLS, BUT IT HAS ALSO TAUGHT US MORE ABOUT OURSELVES AND HOW TO INTERACT AND WORK WELL WITH OTHERS IN SUCH A CONFINED AND CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT.
ALECIA

ALWAYS CHALLENGING, NEVER UNACHIEVABLE IS ONE WAY TO DESCRIBE THIS ADVENTURE. EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY FULL OF SUPRISES AND CHALLENGES. CLIMBING TO THE TOP OF THE MAST AND STANDING ON THE EDGE OF THE SPAR WHILST ON DOWNWARD SLOPE WITH 35 KTS OF WIND WITH 4 METRE SEAS BREAKING OVER THE BOAT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. PORT DAVEY ON THE REMOTE SOUTH WEST WEST CORNER OF TASMANIA WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, SIMPLY BECAUSE IT IS SO REMOTE AND IS ONLY ACCESSABLE BY AIR OR SEA AND SAILING THE WEST COAST OF TASSIE AT 0100 AM IN TOTAL DARKNESS AND ONLY THE SOUND OF THE BOAT CRASHING INTO THE WAVES AND REACHING SPEEDS OF 13 KNTS IS SOMETHING SPECIAL. THE STAFF AND CREW ONBOARD THE YOUNG ENDEAVOUR ARE ABSOLUTELY AWESOME AND THE DAYS AND NIGHTS
ARE FILLED OF FUN AND LAUGHTER.
CHEERS ROB.

HEY EVERYBODY. HAVING A BLAST DESPITE THE MILD SEASICKNESS, BUT IT'S ALL PART OF THE EXPERIENCE. EVERYTHING HAS BEEN VERY TIRING BUT DEFINATELY WORTH IT. THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE YOUTH CREW ARE GREAT AND EVERYONE HAS BEEN HAVING A GREAT TIME (DESPITE SOME MILD TEASING.) VISITING PORT DAVEY AND CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN WAS EXTREMELY SPECIAL AND DEFINATLEY WORTH THE CUTS AND BRUISES FROM FALLING BACK DOWN THE MOUNTAIN. TOTALLY RECOMMEND THAT ANYONE READING THIS GOES OUT RIGHT NOW AND PUTS THEIR NAME DOWN FOR A VOYAGE BECAUSE EVERYTHING SO FAR HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE AND WE'RE NOT EVEN HALFWAY THERE YET! EATING, SLEEPING AND SHOWERING ON A SLANT HAS BEEN AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE WITH MANY MEALS DUE TO PEOPLE NOT FACTORING IN THE TILT FACTOR. FINGERS CROSSED FOR A LITTLE MORE SUNSHINE IN THE FUTURE, IT'D BE NICE TO HAVE SOME DRY CLOTHES FOR ONCE! LOVING EVERY MOMENT. SHOUT OUT TO ALL, HOPE YOU'RE NOT MISSING ME TOO MUCH.
LOVE ERICA.


NAUTICAL TERM OF THE DAY
BULKHEAD: THE NAME FOR WALLS IN A SHIP.


YOURS AYE

DION CURTIS
LIEUTENANT, RAN
CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR