Captain's Log
18 June 2014

Day 3 – Pioneer Bay

Hi Everyone, Welcome to Day 3 of our voyage. Late last night the wind strengthened from the south east and the swell increased to 2 metres making it quite unpleasant for our new mariners. By 2330 we were only 5nm from the Outer Reef so the ship was called to tacking stations and we altered course back to the west and shaped a new course for our next planned anchorage at Pioneer Bay. Despite a number of cases of the ‘dreaded sailor’s curse’ of seasickness the Youth Crew continued to perform well throughout the night and their spirits remained high. This morning we were greeted by a spectacular sunrise with clear skies. White Watch woke everyone with a well composed song to the music of that classic Village People song ‘In the Navy’. Breakfast followed then morning brief were the Youth Crew were introduced to ‘Salty’ whose job it is to educate them on nautical names and the history behind them. Also making a guest appearance this morning was the ships own ‘Nanna’ who ensures that everything onboard is kept neat and tidy. Throughout the day we have continued with the training program and kept the Youth Crew busy with a number of activities which included introducing them to their first set of ‘Rope Races’. This activity helps the Youth Crew to learn the many line, sails, parts of rigging and safety equipment that are located onboard Young Endeavour and is run by Lindsey the Engineer (I believe that Watch Leader Dave’s Red Watch won this event today with the other two watches not far behind). On completion of Rope Races all sail was handed in and we came safely to anchor in Pioneer Bay. Once at anchor Kenny gave a presentation on Rules of the Road and once finished we opened the pool and gave everyone the opportunity to have a swim and in the warm waters of Pioneer Bay and to demonstrate their acrobatic skills from the ships rope swing. By 1630 everyone was out of the water and following a short break dinner was served with Chef Haydon again amazing us with his culinary skills. The time is now 1930 and it is our intention to remain at anchor here in Pioneer Bay overnight where the Youth Crew will remain in their sea watches. Whilst on watch they will be given a presentation on the scientific art of navigation by the ship’s Navigator Miquela and also given the opportunity to do some more climbing and sail work with their Watch Leaders. Until tomorrow, take care Yours Aye Captain Gav Quote of the Day (Chinese Proverb) I here and forget, I see and I remember I do and I understand


20° 14' South / 148° 41' East


Currently at anchor in Pioneer Bay and experiencing light-moderate SE winds with nil swell. Current temperature is 16 degrees.