Captain's Log
17 September 2010

Day 3 – Coral Sea

Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day three on our adventure under sail. The ship continued beating south east overnight motor sailing under fore and aft sails making good 10 knots with the assistance of 30 knot wind gusts and the East Australian Current. The Youth Crew remained immersed in the challenge of sailing a tall ship each completing a busy four hour night watch conducting helm duties, lookouts, engineering rounds and climbing aloft. With the rising of the sun (partly obscured) the promise of a new day and a cheerful wakey wakey song from White Watch, many of the Youth Crew experienced a wonderful new sensation that of being completely surrounded by an endless body of water after their first 24 hours at sea, though the 3 metre seas were proving a challenge for many of our young adventures.After morning brief and ���Happy Hour’ the forenoon consisted of watch on deck consolidation and concluded with Navigator Adam presenting a navigation brief proving to all that in fact the earth was not flat but spherical, to the amazement of many of the Staff Crew and to my consternation, next he would be telling everyone that mermaids didn’t exist. At lunch Chef Snowy out performed himself as usual and provided a superb selection of fine cuisine. Then to invigorate everyone, we kicked off the first round of non-competitive ���Rope Races’ (Josh the Engineer’s favourite activity) enabling the Youth Crew to challenge themselves remembering and identifying different items of safety equipment located around the upper decks. The afternoon was spent with each watch continuing with watch on deck activities. Then to appease those souls whose equilibrium was still adjusting to the gentle caress of the sea, Chef Snowy served his famous apple turnovers after dinner to entice all.Young Endeavour is now currently motor sailing along at six knots in 3 metre seas under fore and aft sails, making ground to the South East on a close reach port tack, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight at sea to South West Rocks and Trial Bay to enable our young adventures the opportunity to proceed ashore and hug a tree.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


30° 10' South / 153° 29' East


2130 - Cloudy, Wind S 8 knots, Swell SE 3 metres, Temperature 19 degrees, Barometer 1018 hpa