Captain's Log
18 September 2010

Day 4 – Trial Bay

Ahoy there everyone, Overnight the ship continued motor sailing south under fore and aft sails with the wind continuing to back and veer during the night requiring constant adjustment to the sail plan, this kept the deck watches busy along with applying practical navigation techniques from the Watch Officers and climbing aloft with the Watch Leaders. Wakey wakey at 0700 saw the ship continuing to beat south and by 0835 the ship had anchored in beautiful Trial Bay, South West Rocks. Once morning brief and cleaning stations had been completed, Watch Officer Dutchy conducted an intriguing maritime ���Rules of the Road’ lecture, an important component of safely navigating the ship to avoid colliding with other vessels or running aground. Then all hands proceeded below to Chef Snowy’s stunning buffet lunch ensuring that energy levels and morale were kept at a high level. It was also pleasing to note that all Youth Crew have now physically adjusted to the motion of the ship and are participating with vigour at each challenge or activity.After lunch Watch Officer Dutchy and Engineer Josh manned the ships two sea boats and ferried the Youth Crew ashore to explore the delights of Trial Bay. The afternoon was spent exploring the historic Trail Bay Gaol in the Arakoon Conservation Area and swimming at the Trial Bay beach before returning to the ship, with sharpened appetites and exhausted bodies to consume a ���teak deck’ BBQ dinner under the stars cooked by Sail Master Taffy and myself. Once dinner had been completed, the Youth Crew completed a three way talk activity; this enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of in depth information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; which is then presented to the remainder of the crew in the third person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking. It was a very enlightening and humorous activity. After a comprehensive brief by Navigator Adam the Youth Crew are now settling into their first night anchor watches, maintaining the safety and integrity of the crew and ship. The intention is to remain at anchor overnight prior to weighing anchor early tomorrow morning and continuing our passage south on the adventure that is Young Endeavour. Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


30° 52' South / 153° 3' East


2230 Ship at anchor with 2 shackles starboard anchor - Scattered Cloud, Wind S 7 knots, Swell Nil, Temperature 18 degrees, Barometer 1017 hpa