Voyage name: 
V 06/16
33 33.5 South
151 16.6 East
Wind: North Easterly at 7 knots, Swell: nil, Weather: fine with clear skies, Temp: 19 deg. C
Ahoy there Shipmates, Overnight the Ship remained at sea race-tracking off shore from Broken Bay. The youthies got the opportunity to further hone their sail handling skills as well as practise their coastal navigation. At 0715 Sumo 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, on which they will be expected to be able to operate safely with a lower degree of supervision. The staff transition from Instructional Leadership to Guided Leadership. I am pleased to say that all three watches passed the assessment. I then issued the youth crew with my ‘Captain’s Challenge’. That was for the youthies to set most of the fore-and–aft sails along with the Top Sail in under 45 minutes. The benefit of this activity is it’s the youth crew’s first chance to operate as one large group. 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 and clewed-up all sails as the Ship proceeded into our planned anchorage off Patonga in Broken Bay. After lunch we had a quick daily brief so Matt could outline the plan for today. This was followed by Happy Hour and then we ferried the youthies ashore in our seaboat for a little organised fun and then some free time. On their return I briefed the youth crew on the aims and requirements of Command Day, which is planned to occur between 1pm tomorrow (Sun 27) and 1pm Mon 23. They were then given an hour to conduct their Command Day elections and on completion Youth Crew Captain of Voyage 06/16, Morgan Wyatt, provided me with the results. 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. After dinner we screened the film ‘Around Cape Horn’, which details the adventures of Captain Irving Johnson when he sailed as an ordinary seaman through storms around Cape Horn onboard the massive bark, the ‘Peking’. The intention is to remain in our current anchorage overnight and conduct the handover of the Ship to the Youth Crew at 1300 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 Morgan. Yours Aye Captain Mike
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