Captain's Log
6 November 2016

Day Nine – Command day

Good evening, good morning and general welcome to all!

Final commanding captains logs for this voyage, before handing the ship back to the man himself.. Captain Adam. It was a beautiful morning on deck as the ship was kept in a tip top shape by the elect watch officers and leaders. Without much wind at night, sail selection was minimal, of course while sticking to regular duties watches found other ways to keep themselves entertained. However the calm seas and clear sky’s made for a beautiful sunrise over the sea. Over night we covered 32 nautical miles and made our commanding waypoint (one of our tasks) a head of schedule. Command day was in full swing! with myself, Sailmaster and Navigator meeting first thing in the morning to discus the days duties. Filled with a hearty sailors breakfast of bacon and eggs (thanks to our excellent master chefs) we briefed the crew and before long had all hands on deck setting sails and making good use of the south westerly winds that came with the sunrise.

We temporarily handed the ship back to the still holidaying staffies who were happy to aid in bring the ship to anchor off Moreton island. Being a beautiful Saturday morning every man(or women) and his/her fishing rod were out to catch a keeper, keeping our watch officers on full alert of danger and collision. Turning south into Moreton Bay the swell and traffic dropped to near nothing which made for smooth motoring to our anchor position. Once at anchor it was all hands to eating stations as again the Masterchefs had cooked up a Captains Feast of great proportion! (Macaroni and cheese, my favourite!)

As mentioned yesterday we were handed a task sheet to complete within the 29hours the youth had command of the ship. This included getting as many youth crew aloft, possible. Which by 1300, was completed having all 21 crew up safely! The highlight of the day was definitely sending a Beach Assault Team ashore to ask for volunteers to join them in singing the Australian National Anthem while broadcasting it back to the ship via VHF. Other tasks completed during the day included: on deck chalk mural, a snappy Happy Hour, themed meal.. The list goes on.

On permission from Taffy the pool was opened! With each crew member keen to rope swing of the bow and enjoy an afternoon swim in Moreton Bays beautiful deep blue waters. Not even the holidaying staffies could hold back, showing the youthies what real rope swing skills are. An Italian style meal was provided on deck by our lovely masterchefs! an all round relaxing evening under a stunning red sunset. Final task of the day! To perform an entertaining SODS Opera on deck (and believe me there was no holding back). Staffies kicked it off with an almost accurate account of the voyage so far with the added ‘Sea king’ and ‘Flying Fairy’ to elaborate slightly.. Each original watch team got together and performed there own skit, an evening enjoyed by all! With the fun and games drawing to a close, the roll of commanding Captain and all commanding positions were handing back to the staffies, signifying an end to the 29 hours of youth command.
I personally couldn’t have ask anymore than to be a part of this beautiful crew, in the word of Captain Adam “There is no more exciting or privileged position than to sail Young Endeavour as a part of a harmonious and effective team” which we all are. All crew and staff of V8/16 Thank You
Signing out for the final time, as I hand back to captain Adam!
Commanding Captain.
Grant Hardwick
Quote of the day: “As soon as people decide to confront a problem. They realise that they are far more capable than they thought they were’

Shout outs:
Hello mum and dad missing you a lot but will see you in 2 days time hope you had a good flight mum and hope all the animals are good also hey Jacob love ya and miss you can’t wait to chill with you for a week see you all soon xoxo love Connor.
ANGUS!!!! Missed out on the rope swing buddy. Missing you. Love Blue Watch.


27 10 S / 153 22 E


Fine. Wind SW 9-12. Temp 18