Captain's Log
12 February 2011

Day 2 – Mawson 100 Centenary

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 Hobart morning accompanied by a cheerful tune from Sail Master Matt. After breakfast all hands mustered for the morning brief detailing the days activities and words of wisdom from various staff members, At 1000 the ship weighed anchor and conducted a transit of Port Phillip Bay. 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. Young Endeavour then joined a flotilla of ships on the Derwent River to acknowledge the centennial anniversary of Douglas Mawson’s departure from Hobart in the steam yacht Aurora 3000 miles south to Antarctica and conduct the first Australian led expedition culminating with one of the most enduring tales of heroism and survival. To honour the occasion the Youth Crew manned the yards aloft and cheered ship as the Governor of Tasmania, His Excellency, The Honourable Peter Underwood, AC embarked in the official Motor Launch, acknowledged Young Endeavour. The Youth Crew under the guidance of their watch leaders, then 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 continued across Storm Bay motor sailing on a close reach port tack as the 15 knot wind slowly backed to the north. The Youth Crew having just completed a magnificent dinner from Chef Squiz, and are now settling into their first night watches learning to helm the ship, adjust the sail plan and conduct engineering rounds (checks of the engine room compartment). The one metre southerly swell is challenging various members of the Youth Crew with their equilibrium as they adjust to the motion of the ship. Young Endeavour is currently motor sailing along at six knots, making ground to the nor east along the Tasmanian east coast. Until tomorrow evening, take care. Yours Aye Captain Damien


43° 1' South / 148° 31' East


2300 at sea - weather scattered cloud, wind N 15 knots, swell NNE 0.5 metre, temperature 14 degrees, barometer 1019 hpa