Captain's Log
V05/20 Geelong to Melbourne
17 March 2020

Day 9 – Command Day Part 2

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to Day 9 of our voyage. Please enjoy Part 2 of Command Day’s Captains Log. Until tomorrow, Take Care. Captain Gav.

On our way! Command day continues under the leadership of Capt. Challenge alongside the Youth Crew.
Bam. We woke up in a state of confusion, we were in control. Command Day continued and the pressure was on. With no Staffies to lead us on our days of days, we had to think fast, work smart, learn quickly, and take great initiative and responsibility onto our shoulders as we navigated our way to The Port Phillip Bay ‘Rip’.
The Crew were fatigued from the arduous night watches, having the safety of the ship and her crew weighing on them but successfully completing the night witnessing some spectacular events. Nature provided her incredible wonders from phosphorous covered dolphins coupled with a full scope of stars. The Crew carried on the many tasks that had to be completed for Command Day eyeing off the deadline of 1600. Tasks (alongside actually sailing the ship), such as creating a reflective mural of our voyage, arranging themed lunch – Hawaiian themed with many pineapples (Capt. Challenge was pleased with said pineapples). The Chef team succeeded in creating delicious meals, stuffing all the Crew full. We also had a Watch complete a Sunrise climb to watch dolphins swim under the boat – what a way to start the morning.
Being in command of the ship, we arranged entertainment for the Staffies, roles clearly reversed. Entertainment included: an interpretative dance routine checking off the Knots we knew and Life Lessons shared surrounding ‘Making the Best Cup of Tea’, ‘How to ride a bike/unicycle/penny farthing’ and ‘How to ice skate’.
The day grew hotter, tensions grew but with it so did our character. There is no comparison to sailing a tall ship in your command, following the wind, constantly moving and the endlessly changing dynamic.
Then whoa, its 1500. An hour before us Youthies hand command of this ship back to Capt. Gav. “All hands to tacking stations”. As one united Crew, we tacked the ship.
1600, the Young Endeavour was handed back to the command of Captain Gav. Us youthies had a sigh of relief yet disappointed that we couldn’t keep her longer. We are now safely anchored in Portarlington, ready for the longest night rest, if not for the sporadic anchor watches.
As Youth Captain of the Young Endeavour, I am immensely proud of the crew and their efforts, and honored to have served them in this capacity.
Capt. Challenge Wells
Caiti – Crew


38 06.4 S / 144 39.7 E


Currently at anchor at Portarlington and experiencing moderate10-15kt NNE winds with nil swell and the temperature is 17 degrees.