Latitude: 
25° 55' South
Longitude: 
153° 20' East
Conditions: 
GREAT DAY FOR WEATHER
EVENING POSITION

WHAT A GREAT DAY FOR WEATHER, PERFECT FOR EVERYTHING EXCEPT
SAILING. TODAY HAS BEEN MARKED BY CALM SEAS AND SUNSHINE AS
THE SHIP MADE ITS WAY ACROSS THE TOP OF HERVEY BAY AND DOWN
PAST FRASER ISLAND IN CALM CONDITIONS AND UNDER SUNNY SKIES.
THE CREW ENJOYED SEVERAL WHALE SIGHTINGS WITH SOME COMING UP
WITHIN 500 YARDS OF THE SHIP TO GIVE A GREAT DISPLAY.

UNFORTUNATELY THE CALM CONDITIONS HAVE SEEN US MOTOR FOR MOST OF THE DAY ALTHOUGH WE WERE ABLE TO SET SAIL DURING THE AFTERNOON AND PRACTICE TACKING AND WEARING THE SHIP IN PREPARATION FOR THE YOUTH CREW TAKING COMMAND OF THE SHIP IN A FEW SHORT DAYS. IN A BUSY DAY, WE ALSO MANAGED ANOTHER LECTURE ON SAIL THEORY AND SOME EXERCISES DESIGNED TO ENHANCE TEAMWORK AND COMMUNICATION. IT IS VERY EXCITING TO WATCH THE WAY THE CREW HAVE COME TOGETHER AND THEY ARE STARTING TO TAKE OVER MORE OF THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAIL HANDLING AND NAVIGATION DURING THEIR WATCHES.

MOST ARE NOW COMPETENT CLIMBERS AND CAN WORK QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY ALOFT. TOMORROW WE INTEND TO ANCHOR OFF MOOLOOLABA AND HEAD SHORE FOR SOME SPORT AND A LEG STRETCH. THEN THE YOUTH CREW WILL ELECT THEIR OWN TEAM FOR COMMAND DAY WHEE THEY WILL BVE RESPONSIBLE FOR SAILING, NAVIGATING, COOKING AND RUNNING THE SHIP FOR 24 HRS STARTING ON TUESDAY. THERE IS SOME TALENT EMERGING IN THE VARIOUS POSITIONS AVAILABLE AND THE CREW ARE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE.

LAST NIGHT I MENTIONED THAT BREAKSEA SPIT IS AT THE TOP END OF
MORETON ISLAND, IT IS ACTUALLY FRASER ISLAND. JUST AS WELL THAT THE
YOUTH CREW ARE FAST LEARNING TO NAVIGATE.

YOURS AYE

MATT MONCRIEFF
COMMANDER, RAN
CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR