Captain's Log
V15/16 Darwin (NT) to Darwin (NT)
9 November 2016

Day 7 – Sea to Bathurst Is

Ahoy there Shipmates, Overnight the Ship remained at sea running before the light WNW breeze towards Cape Fourcroy, our intended midday anchorage, with all three squares, Jib, Main Staysail and Mainsail set. After the usual daily Morning Brief and Happy Hour I issued the youth crew with my ‘Captain’s Challenge’. That was for them to set most of the fore-and–aft sails along with the T’gallant and Top Sail in under one hour. The benefit of this activity is it’s the youth crew’s first chance to operate as one large group. They need to organise, plan and execute the task in the time available. It is a good lead-in to Command Day. Tonight they will hold their Command Day elections and they will now be better placed to make an informed decision on who to vote for based on today’s experiences. The youthies then furled and clewed-up all sails as the Ship proceeded into our planned anchorage off Bathurst Island at Cape Fourcroy. After lunch we gave the youthies some relaxation time until 1430 when Horto held today’s edition of ‘Rope Races’. After that I briefed the youth crew on the aims and requirements of Command Day, which is planned to occur between 1pm tomorrow (Mon 12) and 1pm Tue 13. We had another BBQ dinner at anchor tonight, whilst enjoying the sights of the south west coast of Bathurst Is. After dinner the youthies were then given an hour to conduct their Command Day elections and on completion Youth Crew Captain of Voyage 15/16, Kai Nash, provided me with the results. Congratulations to all members of the Youth Crew for what they have achieved in the Voyage so far and to those successful office holders for Command Day.Before finishing up for the night we screened the film ‘Around Cape Horn’, which details the adventures of Captain Irving Johnson when he sailed as an ordinary seaman through storms around Cape Horn onboard the massive bark, the ‘Peking’. The intention is to remain in our current anchorage overnight and conduct the handover of the Ship to the Youth Crew at 1300 tomorrow. That will begin the adventure and challenge that is Command Day in Young Endeavour. Until tomorrow evening when we will also hear from Youth Captain Kai. Yours Aye Captain Mike


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