Captain's Log
V05/19 Sydney to Newcastle
18 April 2019

Day 4 – Turtles, Wind…and Square Sails!

Ahoy Shipmates…Another fantastic day on the good ship Young Endeavour! After a restful night the youth crew awoke to a spectacular day in Jervis Bay. After a quick game on deck and breakfast we conducted the colours ceremony (raising the flags), sang the National Anthem with gusto, and enjoyed another informative and entertaining morning brief…learning the origins of Store High In Transit. It was then into happy hour followed by the navigation brief and some climbing to cast loose the gaskets (untie) on the square sails in anticipation of the forecast southerly change. After lunch we conducted round 2 of rope races (focusing on the fore and aft sails) before we weighed anchor and departed Jervis Bay. Once clear of the heads we set sails and completed rotational tacks (see below) before turning north and setting a full press of square sails, with Young Endeavour revelling in the 20 knot southerly breeze. Another magnificent dinner from chef Marcus resulted in full bellies and contented sailors. As I write we are making good 5 knots under sail en route our next destination…Broken Bay. But enough from me, I’ll hand over to Jessie and Frankie for their version of events. Fair winds, Captain Kenny——

Day 4

Overnight we conducted our first Anchor Watch, us youthies were left in charge of the ship throughout the night. Each mini team sat at the bridge and recorded the needed technical data. After a restful sleep, due to being anchored in Jervis Bay, we all awoke ready for the day.
First up, we learnt tips and tricks from Harri about navigating at sea. We are all now thoroughly enlightened and will be putting these skills into action during watches tonight. Some of us got to lay aloft today to take in the views of Jervis Bay, Red Watch spotted a lovely little turtle. We devoured yet another delicious meal from Marcus and began preparing to go out to sea.
With our harnesses strapped on, we hit the seas and conducted a few more tacks. We then rotated around tacking stations to experience what our other shipmates do. We also learnt a few deck games and we’re really starting to work well as a boat family.
We’re now heading north for Broken Bay with the square sails set, looking like a pirate ship. Watches will continue to rotate throughout the night to keep us all safe and on course.
Bring on tomorrow!
Jessie & Francesca


34 42s / 151 02e


Wind: Southerly at 18 kts Weather: High cloud Sea: Easterly at 1.0m Course: 020 Speed: 5 kts Location: East of Port Kembla