Captain's Log
13 June 2012

Day 4 – Hinchinbrook Island

Ahoy there everyone,Welcome to day four in Young Endeavour. The ship continued motor sailing along overnight exiting the Coral Sea and re-entering the Inner Great Barrier Reef at midnight. Sail was reduced as the ship continued west until just after a magnificent sunrise and a wakey wakey tune from Blue watch, the ship anchored in Zoe Bay, on the eastern shore of Hinchinbrook Island, Australia’s largest island national park. The view from the ship was simply stunning, with rugged towering peaks flowing to a tropical sandy beach. The view inspired the Youth Crew who after the morning brief were transferred ashore in the ship’s two sea boats. From Zoe Bay they trekked 20 mins into the hinterland until they reached a picturesque waterfall. The swim at the base of the falls was both rewarding and invigorating. After returning to the ship a late lunch was consumed prior to the next round of rope races which saw the difficulty level raise as the Engineer began testing each watch’s knowledge. The anchor was then recovered and the ship farewelled Zoe Bay before shaping a course south for a visible group of islands on the horizon. Enroute the ship conducted rotational tacks enabling each watch member to rotate through the various positions on deck while numerous tacks were conducted. During late afternoon the ship anchored in Pioneer Bay on the western shore of Orpheus Island. A teak deck BBQ was cooked by the Captain for a ravenous crew as the sun set behind Hinchinbrook Island. After dinner a three way talk activity was conducted; this enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of personal information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; and then present this to the remainder of the crew in the first person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking. After this activity Georgia Kosecki and Alec Scheuffele 17th birthday was celebrated with a scrumptious chocolate cake crafted by Chef Squiz and enjoyed by all. The Youth Crew then retired to anchor watches for the night. Until tomorrow evening, take care. Yours Aye Captain Damien Shout out from Georgia,I’m 17! Life on the ship is great! Went to Zoe Bay, Hinchinbrook Island and swam in the waterfalls! It was great. Made heaps of cool dudes – Pickles, Gherkin and Forest. You would be happy to know that I have climbed aloft to the very top. Got spoilt by Chef Squiz who cooked a delicious cake and stroganoff that was better than Nana’s. Going snorkelling tomorrow somewhere in the Great Barrier Reef. Can’t say I’m missing you yet. Love Poodge xoxo Shout out from Jemima,Happy Birthday Mum, lots of love.


18° 36' South / 146° 28' East


2330 at anchor - weather clear skies, wind light and variable, swell nil, temperature 20 degrees, barometer 1017 hpa