Latitude: 
26° 21' South
Longitude: 
153° 9'
Conditions: 
Nor East at 5 kts. Sailing nowhere slowly.
Overnight the watches took advantage of the light winds to practise setting and furling both the squares and the fore and aft sails. There was also work aloft to be done that saw most of the Youth Crew busy on all three Yards.

A gorgeous sunrise was the reward for the morning watch for a job well done and before too long all hands were mustered together for the morning brief. Watch Officer Ian enlightened us on the origin of several nautical terms, and Navigator Lauren briefed us on our progress over the last 24 hours.

After happy hour and morning tea, XO Aaron led the first round of rope races. This was followed by Captain John explaining the theory of sailing. After lunch, the lack of wind forced a change to the plan. The demonstration tacks were put on hold until the wind increased, and a series of deck games was held instead. This put all hands in the mood for a swim so at 14:00 the Ship anchored off Noosa. All hands went ashore and had a dip in the Ocean and a chance to stretch their legs. The local shops didn't know what had hit them. The break ashore provided many of the Youth Crew with their first experience of exercising their sea legs on Terra Firma. The sensation of having the solid ground underneath your feet pitch and roll like YOUNG ENDEAVOUR's deck can be quite confusing.

When they returned onboard, the Youth Crew were met with Captain John and XO Aaron Barbequing up a storm. A terrific upperdeck dinner was had by all hands. Once the Barbeque was stowed away and the dinner dishes were washed up , we weighed anchor and headed back out to sea in search of wind. Right now, we are 'as idle as a painted ship upon a painted Ocean' and drifting along at a stately 0.5 kts. The watch-on-deck are involved in a team building exercise and hopefully the wind will pick up in the next few hours.

YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship has accommodation for 12 male and 12 female Youth Crew and up to 13 Staff Crew. The largest accommodation area is the twelve berth located in the forward end of the Ship. Each voyage it alternates between between male and female Youth Crew.

Thought of the day: You cannot stay on the summit forever, you have to come down again......So why bother in the first place? Just this: what is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above.
Rene Daumal