Captain's Log
3 February 2010


Hi Everyone,Command Day is now well underway with the Youth Crew taking Command of Young Endeavour at 1400 this afternoon. One of the many tasks to be achieved over the 24 hour period is to complete the Captains Log, so please find attached tonights entry from Youth Crew Captain Rory.Enjoy the read!Until tomorrow, take care.Captain GavYOUTH CREW CAPTAINS LOG VOYAGE 5/10Ahoy!With a cheer and a splash we were handed control of the ship as the Young Endeavour staff dove into the water just off Maria Island ready to begin their 24 hour holiday. Today is command day, the day the youth crew take control of the ship. Earlier in the morning we took the time to sit down, discuss, nominate and elect crew for roles including Captain, Sail Master, Navigator and most importantly Chefs. This has to be recognised as probably harder than sailing the ship itself as not everyone gets the position they want. However I am sure that all of the youth crew have the utmost confidence in every one of their peers aboard the ship to carry out any task. So we sat down to lunch and deliberated and pondered over the tasks to come in the next 24 hours and discussed how we were going to attempt and complete them.We were handed control of the ship at approximately 1400 hours and after a brief swim to ensure the spirits of the crew were at their highest, we weighed anchor and set off at about 1515. Studying the orders given to us by our great captain Gav, our youth navigator plotted our course. We were also given 23 tasks to complete in the next 24 hours which include getting 23 youth crew aloft on the foremast yards! Also we were tasked with constructing a 24 person hammock and assembling a beach assault team to claim a slice of Tasmania for the youth of Australia. Initially we travelled steadily under engines for approximately 2 hours, making the first of our 6 fixed waypoints. After sailing clear of Maria Island the engines were shutdown and we were left to make it the rest of the way with only the wind to power us. It took some time to organise the watch groups to set the sails properly but eventually we had 5 sails set. Thankfully our navigator and resident weatherman Joel had come good on his forecast and we were provided with a steady 15 knots of south-westerly winds which continue to push us along steadily.Currently the atmosphere amongst all the crew is amazing. It seems as though all the crew can’t wait to be on watch and in control. Everyone is energised despite the crazy sleeping patterns we have had for the last week. It’s incredible the amount we have learnt in the last 7 days of sailing and to be finally sailing the ship ourselves is beyond belief. We’re all being challenged as much as we can be and each day we learn something new, not just about the ship or sailing but about leadership and ourselves. Every crew member has put in 100% since the start of the voyage and we have each backed each other up and motivated ourselves to make the most of our time here and extend out of our comfort zone to learn new skills we never thought possible.We have all made fantastic friends and by the end of the voyage we will have 24 young Horatio Hornblowers ready to conquer the world.Until the next time, on behalf of all the youth crew,Youth Crew Captain RoryFull speed ahead to Hobart! 


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Currently located 20nm to the north of Tasman Island and enjoying light - moderate W-SW winds with a .5m swell.