Captain's Log
1 April 2011

Day 2 – Dentrecasteaux Channel

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 Hobart 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 Penny, 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. During this activity the ship weighed anchor from Sandy Bay and commenced the transit along the Derwent River in light conditions. 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. After lunch the ship entered the picturesque Dentrecasteaux Channel passing between the mainland and Bruny Island to the east. By the early afternoon the Youth Crew had set and furled most sails so the first set of tacks as a crew were executed. This evolution is an essential teamwork activity requiring every member of the team to play a critical role. This set of tacks concluded the formal activities for the day with the Youth Crew having just completed a magnificent dinner from Chef Snowy, 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 five knots under fore and aft sails, making ground to the south east looking as majestic and magnificent as only this ship can, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight at sea underway bound tomorrow for Port Arthur.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


43° 32' South / 147° 6' East


2000 at sea - Weather Overcast, Wind SW 14 knots, Swell SW 1.0 metre, Temperature 14 degrees, Barometer 1013 hpa