Captain's Log
15 November 2010

Day 6 – Kangaroo Island

Ahoy there everyone, Overnight Young Endeavour continued motor sailing north west. During the night each of the watches conducted mid voyage talks where each watch discussed individual and collective progression against their initial goals, then reset priorities and revised goals for the remainder of the voyage. Sunrise saw the ship on a starboard tack shaping a course for the seven mile wide Backstairs Passage located between Kangaroo Island and the mainland. With morning brief and cleaning stations completed the ship was called to taking stations in order to conduct demonstrational tacks, where each watch in turn stood on the bridge and watched the command and control aspects as the ship was tacked through the wind. These tacks consolidated the sail theory and practical deck work instruction gained over the previous six days.After a fulfilling lunch it was time for round four of ���rope races’ which saw some very close competition between the watches as the Youth Crew were becoming increasingly familiar with the terminology, layout and location of items around the ship. The remainder of the afternoon was spent by the Youth Crew either relaxing on the upper deck or challenging themselves with their watch leaders by once again proceeding aloft on the masts, pushing their mental and physical barriers to achieve personal goals, build confidence and develop inner strength, determination and drive.The ship was then tacked for one final time before all sails were handed in and the ship proceeded to a sheltered anchorage in the lee of Browns Beach, Eastern Cove, Kangaroo Island at 1940. Once the ship was safely at anchor a special movie was screened in the caf� for the Youth Crew, depicting a very similar young man who sailed around Cape Horn in 1929 on one of the last Tall Ship cargo vessels. Many similarities and comparisons could be drawn 80 years later with our own band of young adventurers.The intention is now to remain at anchor overnight before departing for the Gulf of Saint Vincent early tomorrow morning in preparation for Command Day. Today has been a watershed day for many of the Youth Crew as they assumed more predominant roles, pro actively seeking information and responsibility as they gained confidence with their own abilities, surroundings and fellow shipmates. Until tomorrow evening.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


35° 47' South / 137° 49' East


2300 at anchor - Weather Cloudy, Wind S 10 knots, Swell Nil, Temperature 16 degrees, Barometer 1018 hpa