Captain's Log
29 March 2011

Day 4 – Capricorn Coast

Ahoy there everyone, Overnight the ship continued sailing under all square sails making good seven knots with 25 knot SE winds and a two metre swell. At sunrise the ship was abeam Heron Island and crossing the Tropic of Capricorn shaping a course for the uninhabited North West Island, the second largest island in the Great Barrier Reef. The ship anchored in the lee of this beautiful island but unfortunately the ships boat could not enter the islands fringing reef due to an obstructed boat channel. Therefore the ship weighed anchor and sailed to our alternate anchorage at Great Keppel Island. During the transit Watch Officer Kristy presented a lesson on Rules of the Road which is an important component in remain navigationally safe when operating in the maritime environment. Navigator Matt dusted of the sextant and provided some budding navigators a lesson on this acclaimed instrument. While Sail Master Tug provided instruction on the Main Sail and Jib, then before we knew it, we were under a full press of sail reaching speeds of 10.5 knots. By late afternoon we had anchored in the lee of Great Keppel Island just as the rain started to intensify. A BBQ dinner was consumed below decks before a three way talk activity was conducted; this enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of in depth information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; this information was then presented to the remainder of the crew in the third person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking.With the Youth Crew settled into anchor watches, the intention is to remain at anchor overnight before departing tomorrow forenoon and shaping a course north continuing our adventure that is Young Endeavour. Until tomorrow evening.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


23° 9' South / 150° 56' East


2200 at anchor - Weather overcast isolated heavy showers, Wind SE 7 knots, Swell SE 05 metre, Temperature 24 degrees, Barometer 1018 hpa