Captain's Log
8 September 2010

Day 3 Inner Great Barrier Reef

Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day three on our adventure under sail. The ship continued sailing south overnight under fore and aft sails making good three knots with abating wind and swell, through the Inner Great Barrier Reef. This did not deter our Youth Crew who 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 Sail Master Adam, 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. After morning brief and ���Happy Hour’ the forenoon consisted of sail handling and watch consolidation. On completion of lunch the ship was rigged for one hour’s silent sailing, when all non-essential equipment was shut down and only the whispering sounds of the ocean were heard. To invigorate everyone after a full stomach and the soothing sound of the wind and sea, 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 located around the upper decks. Next Navigator Dutchy provided a brief on the intricacies of maritime navigation proving that the world was in fact, not flat but spherical, to the amazement of many of the Staff Crew and to my consternation.The afternoon saw the Youth Crew continue consolidating deck work and gaining confidence in climbing aloft. This was regularly interrupted by the call ���whale ahoy’ as migrating whales were spotted by the lookouts frolicking and breaching on their passage north. After dinner which culminated with Chef Adrian serving his famous ���kryptonite’ chocolate mousse rumoured to be able to stop Superman in his tracks, the Youth Crew settled into their second night underway at sea. Young Endeavour is currently sailing along at three knots under fore and aft sails, making ground to the South East on a close reach port tack, passing through intermittent tropical squalls, with the intention of continuing our passage overnight at sea to Orpheus Island located 25km seaward of Ingham and part of the Palm Island Group.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


18° 23' South / 146° 26' East


Scattered Showers, Wind SE 14 knots, Swell SE 0.5m, Temperature 24 degrees, Barometer 1015 hpa