Captain's Log
V20/16 Esperance (WA) to Adelaide (SA)
19 December 2016

Day Nine – Command Day

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to day nine of our voyage. On a normal day I would be writing a full days log explaining what we have achieved but as it is Command Day and I have handed the ship over to Youth Crew Captain Flic and her faithful Crew so this responsibility has fallen on their shoulders and I am sure that you will enjoy reading about their exploits.
Until tomorrow, take care.
Yours Aye
Captain Gav

Captains Log – 19 DEC 16
CAPTAINS LOG 19th December
Evening friends, it’s Luci and Tom from Blue Watch!
We’ve had an incredibly eventful twenty-four hours, and now we have command of the ship!
But to wind it back a little:
Yesterday evening, Captain Gav and the Staffies hosted an extravagant barbeque for the whole team, featuring plenty of meat, salad and cheesecake, with awe inspiring chocolate custard and crepes for we humble two.
Afterwards, the Youthies held elections for the Youth Command Crew. Having weathered the inevitable Trump reference, I can safely say we have a wonderful bunch of Youthies Commanding the ship, with Flick as Captain, Sam as Sail Master, Zahra and Mark as Navigators and Amy as Watch officer. We also elected three Watch Leaders; Andrew for Blue, Ameera for White and Toby for Red. For the Command Day, we chose three amazing cooks to keep our bellies full – Regan, Brando and Angus.
We wound up our day with Around Cape Horne; a jaw dropping presentation of century old footage documenting a journey upon a giant fully-rigged ship, narrated by Irving Johnson.

Anchor watches commenced at 2200, and it was off to bed for the rest of us.
We started the morning, anchored still with a view of Kingscote, with a game of Egg, Chicken, and Dinosaur, which put wind in our sails for the day. The command team had a little chinwag with the staffies, ready for the handover of this fine vessel, where Captain Gav presented Captain Flick with the ‘Telescope of Challenge’ and the Skipper’s Cap. We successfully plotted our course to American River, setting off from Kangaroo Island and its wealth of culture. Once at anchor, we hurled ourselves off the rope swing into the cool calm waters of Eastern Cove, frolicking around with a fear in the back of our minds of being consumed by sharks or spear-tackled by David.

The challenge before us now was to have everyone aloft the foremast and down again within an hour, and having done an absolute 10/10 job, we were set to unfurl the square sails as a massive storm lingered in the distance.

We are now sailing the final stretch, anchoring of Adelaide tomorrow forenoon. It is with sincere sorrow we acknowledge that the days before us upon the Young Endeavour are drawing to a close.

Yours Aye,

Luci and Tom

P.S Hey Mum, love you lots, see you in a few days – Luci
P.P.S Hey Mum, hey Dad, hey Ben, hey Liz, love you all – Tom


35 36 S / 137 57 E


Currently crossing the Backstairs Passage and enjoying light to moderate 10-15kt SSE winds with nil swell. Our current speed is 5kts and the temperature is 18 degrees.