Captain's Log
12 June 2010

Day 2 – Bass Strait

Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day two of the voyage. Following a well deserved and much needed good night’s rest the Youth Crew awoke at 0630 to a wonderful Tasmanian morning and a cheerful tune from Sail Master Kenny. After our Early Morning Activity and breakfast the Youth Crew mustered for the morning (not so) brief detailing the days activities and words of wisdom from various staff members, after which it was straight into cleaning stations (this activity is known as the ships ���Happy Hour’ with its own special song). Next Captain Safety alias White Watch Leader Taffy, gave a very comprehensive safety equipment presentation and demonstration ensuring the no matter what the situation the Youth Crew should find themselves in, that they would have the knowledge to overcome any adversity at sea. At 1100 last line was cast off and Young Endeavour sailed down the Mersey River exited Devonport and commenced the transit across Bass Strait in challenging conditions with 2.5 metre seas and 30 knot winds. Under the guidance of their watch leaders, the Youth Crew spent the remainder of the day conducting line handling and deck safety, gaining the foundation skills required to work both the square and fore and aft sails safely during their adventure at sea. By the early afternoon the Youth Crew had managed to set and furl most sails so the practised two wears, which involves turning the ship through the wind. This evolution is an essential teamwork activity requiring every member of the team to play a critical role. With this activity completed the Youth Crew, are now settling into their first night watches learning to helm the ship and conduct engineering rounds (checks of the engine room compartment).Young Endeavour is currently motor sailing along handsomely at six knots under fore and aft sails, making ground to the north east on a close reach starboard tack, looking as majestic and magnificent as only this ship can, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight at sea underway.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


40° 16' South / 146° 44' East


2300 at sea - Weather Overcast, Wind E 30 knots, Swell E 2.5 metres, Temperature 16 degrees, Barometer 1016