Captain's Log
25 February 2003

Cast Loose the Gaskets

Situation at 20:00-During the night watches all hands layed aloft to the T’Gallant yard and practised casting loose and securing gaskets. Thisis a very impressive achievement considering the Youth Crew have been onboard less than 16 hours.At 06:30 all hands not on watch were called on deck to participate in early morning activity. This consisted of a light jogaround the upperdeck followed by two activities designed to help learn each other’s name and get to know one another. After breakfast, the first morning brief of the voyage was held. Once the Flags werehoisted and the National Anthem sung, Chef Polly and Engineer Rags explained the do’s and don’ts of their respective parts-of-ship.Watch Officer Chooka, the Salty Sea Dog, did an amazing job of explaining the nautical origins of some everyday sayings. It isamazing how much of the English language originated at sea. Morning brief was followed by happy hour which saw the Youth Crew busily employed at their assigned cleaning station. After XO Lollipronounced the Ship clean, Chef Polly brought out the baking he had prepared for morning tea.Red Watch Leader Boats, ably assisted by Miss EPIRB, led the Youth Crew through the ‘Captain Safety’ lecture which explained the purpose and correct use of the myriad of safety gear found onboard.This provided a good lead-in for the next lecture, line handling and deck safety. At 14:00 all of the safety briefings were complete and the Ship got underway from Burnie. Before long the Youth Crew werebusy setting and furling the various sails and getting a feel of what being at sea in a Tallship is all about. The last event on theschedule was tacking stations. All hands closed up at their stations and successfully tacked the Ship several times. If the need to tack arises overnight, the Youth Crew now have enough experience and training to safely carry out this intricate manoeuvre.The first watch has closed up and are about to lay aloft to cast loose the gaskets on the Course. The wind is light and variableso it is necessary to take advantage of every chance we get to make ground towards our first destination of Grassy Harbour on King Island. Overnight the Youth Crew will stand their first tricks on the helm as well as carry out whatever sail changes are dictated by the weather.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship’s safety equipment is maintained to the standard required by the Royal Australian Navy.There are life rafts available for 80 people and life jackets for 115 people. The Ship and each life raft are fitted with ElectronicPosition Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) that transmit their position to shore authorities through a network of dedicatedsatellites.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Gaskets- Short lengths of line used to secure furled sails to masts and yards. Course- The lowest,and largest, square sail, carried from the fore mast. In YOUNG ENDEAVOUR the Course is 98 sq metres of Dacron.Thought of the Day: We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worthlistening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneousdelight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. E.E. Cummings.Yours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RAN


40° 46' South / 146° 4' East


At sea under six sails. Wind: Nor' East at 5 kts, Sea State:2, Temp:17c, Cloud:1/8