Captain's Log
24 March 2012

Day 2 – Newcastle Harbour

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 Newcastle morning accompanied by a cheerful tune from Sail Master Dion. After breakfast all hands mustered for the morning brief detailing the day’s activities and words of wisdom from various staff members, 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. On completion of lunch all lines were cast off and the ship departed the Throsby Wharf and commenced sailing around Newcastle Harbour. 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 motor sailing around Newcastle Harbour. At 1530 the ship exited Newcastle Harbour and entered the Tasman Sea encountering a 1.5 metre swell and 15 knot sou’east winds which challenged the equilibrium of the Youth Crew. A full press of sail was set and the ship shaped a course nor’east to clear Point Stephens. After a magnificent dinner from Chef Luke, the crew 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). Young Endeavour is currently sailing along at four knots, making ground to the north on a broad reach starboard tack, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight. Until tomorrow evening, take care. Yours Aye Captain Damien


32° 42' South / 152° 23' East


2300 at sea - weather scattered cloud, wind SE 15 knots, swell SE 1.5 metres, temperature 20 degrees, barometer 1021 hpa