Captain's Log
6 November 2012

Day 2 – Inner Great Barrier Reef

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 stunning Cairns sunrise on the Queens Birthday. After breakfast all hands mustered for the voyages inaugural morning brief detailing the day’s activities and words of wisdom from various staff members, At 0900 all lines were cast off and the ship departed Marlin Marina and entered the Inner Great Barrier Reef. During this period Captain Safety alias Watch Officer 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. Then 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 as the ship made ground to the east exiting the Inner Great Barrier Reef into the Coral Sea. At 1600 the ship was called to ‘tacking stations’ in order to practise manoeuvring the ship under sail. Weather conditions provided a consistent 15 knot sou’ easterly wind, with a one metre swell which whilst providing good sailing conditions challenged numerous members of the crew with adjusting to the equilibrium of a rolling ship. After a magnificent dinner from Chef Squiz, the crew are now settling into their first four hour night watches, learning to helm the ship, adjust the sail plan and conduct engineering rounds (checks of the engine room compartment) ensuring the safety and integrity of the ship overnight. Young Endeavour is currently sailing along handsomely at five knots on beam reach port tack with the intention of continuing our passage at sea for the next two nights beating south for the ships first scheduled anchorage. Until tomorrow evening, take care. Yours Aye Captain Damien


16° 36' South / 146° 53' East


2300 at sea - weather scattered cloud, wind SE 10 knots, swell SE 0.5 metre, temperature 21 degrees, barometer 1015 hpa