Captain's Log
16 September 2010

Day 2 – Moreton Bay

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 Brisbane morning and a cheerful tune from Sail Master Taffy. After our Early Morning Activity and breakfast the Youth Crew were mustered on the port side of the bridge and introduced to the ceremony of colours (raising the national flag and singing the anthem) and the morning (not so) brief, after which we cast off lines and departed Bulimba Barracks wharf and motored out of the Brisbane River and into Moreton Bay. During this time the Youth Crew were addressed by ���Captain Safety’ alias White Watch Leader Tug, who 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. After absorbing this information it was straight into cleaning stations (this activity is known as the ships ���Happy Hour’ with its own special song).The remainder of the day while the ship exited Moreton bay by the North East channel the Youth Crew were busy conducting line handling and deck safety, gaining the foundation skills required to work the sails safely during their adventure at sea. Even with the wind freshening and a 1.5 metre swell the majority of the Youth Crew showed remarkable resilience and determination in the prevailing conditions.By the early evening as the ship rounded the northern point of Moreton Island, the Youth Crew had managed to set and furl all fore and aft sails and complete their first set of tacks and wears as a crew (turning the ship through the wind). This is an essential teamwork activity and every member of the team has a critical role to play. 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 discussing the numerous whales they had observed during the day, either breaching or in company with calves, in conjunction with learning to helm the ship and conduct engineering rounds (checks of the engine room).Young Endeavour is currently motor sailing along handsomely at eight knots under fore and aft sails, making ground to the South East on a beam reach starboard tack, looking as majestic and magnificent as only this ship can, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight at sea.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


27° 36' South / 153° 39' East


2030 - Scattered Cloud, Wind W 20 knots, Swell SE 1.5m, Temperature 24 degrees, Barometer 1015 hpa