Voyage name: 
V02/18 Melbourne to Sydney
15 Jan - 25 Jan 2018
33 33.5' S
151 16.7' E

Wind - light and variable, Weather - fine, Swell - nil, Temp - 23 deg. C

Ahoy there Shipmates,

Overnight the Ship continued on passage to Broken Bay. The wind backed to north-westerly during the early hours of the morning allowing us to set the fore-and-aft sails and the youthies got the opportunity to further hone their sail handling skills as well as practice their coastal navigation.

At 0800 Brett and I began the ‘Captain’s Setting and Furling’ assessment process to ensure each watch is at the required standard to proceed to Command Day, during which they will be expected to be able to operate safely with a higher degree of autonomy. The staff transition from Instructional Leadership to Guided Leadership. After assessing White watch Brett was called away to deal with some engineering issues so Navigator Evan stepped in to support the assessments of the remaining two watches.

I am pleased to say that all three watches passed the assessment. I then issued the youth crew with my ‘Captain’s Challenge,’ which was for the youthies to set most of the fore-and–aft sails in under 45 minutes. The benefit of this activity is that the youth crew get to work together as one large group for the first time. They need to organise, plan and execute the task in the time available. It is a good lead-in to Command Day. Tonight they will hold their Command Day elections and they will now be better placed to make an informed decision on who to vote for based on today’s experiences.

The youthies then furled the Jib, brailed the Main Sail and set the Topsail and the Ship then sailed to anchor off Patonga. During the transit to the anchorage the next round of Rope Races was held, followed by the ‘Egg Drop’ competition. Dinner was another delicious BBQ on deck cooked by Marcus and Watch Officer Adam.

After dinner I briefed the youth crew on the aims and requirements of Command Day and gave them some guidance on the conduct of their Command Day elections. At 2150 the Voyage 02/18 Youth Crew Captain, Sam Hemsley-Hackett, came to see me with the results of their election.

Congratulations to all members of the Youth Crew for what they have achieved in the Voyage so far and to those successful office holders for Command Day.

The intention is to remain in our current anchorage overnight and conduct the handover of the Ship to the Youth Crew at 1400 tomorrow. That will begin the adventure and challenge that is Command Day in Young Endeavour.

Until tomorrow evening when we will also hear from Youth Captain Sam.


Yours Aye

Captain Mike