Latitude: 
24° 11' South
Longitude: 
152° 11' East
Conditions: 
GOOD SAILING WEATHER
EVENING POSITION

HOORAY. SOME GOOD SAILING WEATHER AT LAST. AFTER THE MORNING FLAG RAISING CEREMONY, AND A HEARTY RENDITION OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, WE SAILED FROM 1770 THIS MORNING AND FINALLY GOT TO EXPERIENCE SOME GREAT SAILING.

WITH ALL PLAIN SAIL SET, THE YOUTH CREW PRACTICED THEIR TACKING
SKILLS DURING A SET OF 'ROTATIONAL TACKS'. THIS IS WHERE EACH WATCH GETS TO ROTATE THROUGH THE OTHER WATCHES' POSITIONS AS WE ALTERED COURSE SEVERAL TIMES ACROSS THE TOP OF HERVEY BAY. ONCE AGAIN WE WERE ACCOMPANIED FOR A WHILE BY A POD OF DOLPHINS WHO SEEMED TO ENJOY REMINDING US HOW MUCH FASTER THEY ARE. THE DAILY ROUNDS OF ROPE RACES ARE GETTING MORE COMPLICATED AS THE CREW LEARN THEIR WAY AROUND THE
SHIP, AND BLUE WATCH ARE STILL LEADING THE WAY. WELL DONE TO STEPH, SAMMY, ASHLEY, DANIEL, JAC, SAL MICK AND ROHAN.

DURING THE AFTERNOON THE YOUTH CREW PARTICIPATED IN A LECTURE ON RULE OF THE ROAD, OR HOW NOT TO RUN INTO OTHER SHIPS AT SEA. WE THEN HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SET SOME OF THE YOUNG ENDEAVOUR'S LARGER SAIILS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NICE AFTERNOON BREEZE. THIS EVENING SEES US CINTINUING TO TACK ACROSS THE TOP OF HERVEY BAY IN AN EFFORT TO ROUND BREAKSEA SPIT (TOP END OF MORETON ISLAND) BEFORE WE TURN SOUTH FOR MOOLOOLABA.

TODAY THE YOUTH CREW ALSO REACHED AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN THEIR VOYAGE IN THAT THEY ARE NOW ALLOWED TO CLIMB ALOFT WITHOUT THEIR WATCHLEADER. THIS IS A GREAT ACHIEVMENT, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HAD TO BATTLE SEA SICKNESS AND THE CHALLENGE OF WORKING SO HIGH UP IN THE AIR.

WITH PLENTY OF TACKS AND A LOT OF SAILING HANDLING FROM SHIFTING
WINDS, THE YOUTH CREW ARE MORE THAN READY FOR BED AT THE END OF THE DAY, BUT STILL REMAIN A HAPPY AND INTERESTING GROUP.

YOURS AYE

MATT MONCRIEFF
COMMANDER, RAN
CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR