Captain's Log
15 February 2011

Day 2 – Tasman Sea

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 Hobart morning and a cheerful tune from Sail Master Taffy. After an Early Morning Activity the ship weighed anchor and departed from Wrest Point, Sandy Bay and commenced the transit along the Derwent River and into Storm Bay in near glass like conditions. As we exited the Derwent River the Youth Crew mustered for the morning brief detailing the days activities and words of wisdom from various staff members, after which it was straight into cleaning stations (this activity is known as the ships Happy Hour with its own special song). Next Captain Safety alias Assistant 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. 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 both the fore and aft sails safely during their adventure at sea. By the early afternoon the Youth Crew had managed to set and furl most sails so after the ship had rounded Tasman Island 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 Snowy, are now settling into their first night watches learning to helm the ship and conduct engineering rounds (checks of the engine room compartment).Young Endeavour is currently motor sailing along handsomely at six knots under fore and aft sails, making ground to the north on a close reach port tack, looking as majestic and magnificent as only this ship can, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight at sea underway.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


42° 43' South / 148° 14' East


2300 at sea - Weather cloudy, Wind NE 19 knots, Swell NE 1.0 metre, Temperature 24 degrees, Barometer 1022 hpa