Captain's Log
20 April 2011

Day 2 – IGBR

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 sensational morning and a cheerful tune from Sail Master Kim. After breakfast the all hands mustered for the morning brief detailing the days activities and words of wisdom from various staff members, followed by cleaning stations, this activity is known as the ships Happy Hour with its own special song. With the ship sparkling in the morning sun we cast off all lines and departed Mackay Marina for the Inner Great Barrier Reef. Once through the harbour breakwater a 1.5 metre swell made life a little uncomfortable for those with an acute sense of balance.Next Captain Safety alias Blue Watch Leader Guv, presented 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. On completion of lunch 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 the sails safely during their adventure at sea. By the early afternoon the Youth Crew had set and furled the majority of the fore and aft sails, so the ship was called to tacking stations and the first set of tacks and wears 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 Adrian, and are now settling into their first night watches learning to helm the ship and conduct engineering rounds after a stunning sunset at sea.Young Endeavour is currently motor sailing along handsomely at six knots under fore and aft sails close hauled on a starboard tack, making ground to the south. Looking as majestic as only this ship can, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight underway.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


21° 16' South / 150° 14' East


2300 at sea - Weather scattered cloud, Wind SE 11 knots, Swell SE 1 metre, Temperature 26 degrees, Barometer 1013 hpa