Captain's Log
2 June 2010

Day 8: Command Day arrives

Hi there Everyone,A good nights rest at anchor was had in preparation for the big day ahead. The weather forecast for the duration of Command Day was predicted to be quite challenging. With 20-25knots of wind from the south, consistent rain and frequent thunder storms, it was going to be interesting times for our young adventurers. Not to mention sailing out of Sydney Harbour with visibility reduced to about three ship lengths from the heavy rain and mist. Conditions were such that I spent some time with the staff discussing the associated risks involved in sailing under those circumstances with the Youth Crew in charge. We assessed all of the risks involved, put measures in place to mitigate where required and decided we would leave the decision up to the Youth Crew, but had confidence in their abilities. So the stage was set for an epic adventure and some truly challenging times. At 1300 I handed Command of STS Young Endeavour to Youth Crew captain Jess and all staff stepped back and assumed an observer and safety role. I will hand over to Jess for her account of the days activities, but will leave you with this: as most other water craft in the Sydney region were running for cover, headed down the harbours and hiding, seeking refuge from the weather, Young Endeavour with 24 bold young Australians was headed out to sea. She was sailing out of Sydney harbour in atrocious conditions with limited visibility. Our team were standing tall.Yours Aye, Captain DionFrom: Youth Crew Captain Jess,Arrrgh ahoy there,Another night of anchor watches for the Youth Crew preparing for today’s Command Day left many of the crew looking forward to a sleep in. Unfortunately as we were at anchor in the North Harbour, just near Manly it was another 0630 wake up call. Following the wake up tunes from DJ Adam it was straight to the deck for morning activity, which consisted of laps around the deck (making sure we stomped over the sleeping berths to ensure everyone was awake) and an interesting game of knights, mounts and cavaliers. After breakfast we had our usually morning brief that is always full of laughs, stories and the unknown of what ���Nanna’ will find lying around in the sleeping berths. There is always a fun song taught by the Staff to the Youth Crew as punishment for ���Nanna’s’ findings. However it didn’t take long for the famous ���Happy Hour’ to come to the fore. Command day is now upon us. The ship is now in the capable hands of voyage 3/10 Youth Crew. After our last lunch from ���The Chad’s’ road kill grill and a crash course in road safety on the seas from Jarrod, the Youth Crew prepared for the ship to be theirs. The elected command team was given the opportunity to pick the brains of the crew whose positions they would be taking for Command Day. At 1300 the Youth Crew were given the keys to this majestic tall ship. We were given seven longitude and latitude reference points scattered around the Tasman Sea and 23 tasks to be completed in the 24 hour period that we were in Command of the ship.We are currently heading NE towards our third waypoint. We have had a 25kt S-SE wind pushing us towards the North, which meant that when we set sail, we required the port engine to get the ship out of the North Harbour and on our way to our first waypoint. The Youth Crew has been up a couple of times during the night to ���Tack’ and ���Wear’ the ship. As you can imagine the Youth Crew is quite weary but happy that we are making good time to our waypoints.With another couple of ���Tack’s and ���Wear’s during the early hours of Sunday morning the Youth Crew are now making their way back into Port Jackson. We did require the engines occasionally overnight as the wind was particularly difficult to navigate. The Youth Crew is currently on track to reach their final destination in Hunters Bay within the time limits of Command Day (1000). The weather has been very trying but it is a great feeling to know that we have faced Mother Nature head on and come out better on the other side.Great work Youth Crew. Enjoy your much desired rest.Command Day Captain Jess


33° 51' South / 151° 31' East


S/SE 25ktsSwell E/NE 2.5m