Captain's Log
20 September 2010

Day 6 – Nelson Bay

Ahoy there everyone, Overnight the ship continued to make ground to the south east averaging six knots motor sailing under fore and aft sails in variable wind conditions while navigating between numerous merchant vessels transiting the east coast. During the night each of the watches continued consolidating deck work, navigation, engineering rounds and climbing aloft in addition to conducting a Bear Exercise (teamwork challenge). Each of the watches successfully completed their teamwork challenge with Red Watch notably cooking a superb breakfast for the entire ship. Sunrise saw Young Endeavour 20 nautical miles seaward of Seal Rocks continuing to beat south on a close reach port tack. The morning brief as usual was extremely entertaining, informative and not so brief. Then after a happy half hour (cleaning stations) to ensure the ship sparkled in the forenoon sun, all sails were handed in and the ship motored towards Port Stephens. During this transit I presented the first lesson on sail theory to the Youth Crew in order to consolidate the practical aspects of the deck and sail work that they have been conducting during the voyage.During the forenoon Chef Snowy and Supernumery Steve had created a storm in the galley producing some truly inspirational and healthy options for lunch. 1300 arrived and it was time for ���Rope Races’ to stimulate the memory and invigorate the body once again. With lunch and rope races successfully completed, the ship anchored in beautiful Nelson Bay directly in front of the marina. Watch Officer Dutchy then transferred each watch ashore in the sea boat to enable them a few hours exploration on terra firma and civilisation. Whilst ashore with the facilitation of the Watch Leaders, each Youth Crew member reviewed their initial individual and collective goals, reassessed and then reset goals for the remainder of the voyage. The Youth returned onboard after their short sojourn ashore to be greeted with a fantastic meal by Chef Snowy and Steve. As this was consumed the ship weighed anchor and proceeded out of Port Stephens with a glorious sunset setting behind the ship.It has been yet another busy and engaging day for the Youth Crew, with the weather continuing to abate. The navigation intention is to continue making ground overnight to the south west shaping a course to Broken Bay for a scheduled afternoon anchorage, continuing the adventure that is Young Endeavour. Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


32° 47' South / 152° 12' East


2030 - Scattered Cloud, Wind East 11 knots, Swell SE 1 metre, Temperature 20 degrees, Barometer 1023 hpa