Captain's Log
26 July 2000

Determination and Persistence

Yesterday we left our intrepid Youth Crew with the first part of their mission completed, having safely brought the ship to anchor off Scawfell Island and delivering the Beach Assault Team ashore. All back on board it was hands to dinner then anchor was weighed and the Youth Crew continued their journey. The black of night raised the stress levels a little but they took it all in their stride and soon had the ship sailing again and heading for Mackay. More sail handling was required during the night with light and variable winds. The Youth Crew responded well showing determination and persistence despite the lack of wind. By 0700 however it was clear that they would not be able to sail the last 10 miles so they reluctantly started the motors and took us to the required position on time.At 1000 Staff resumed ���control’ of the ship and it was straight into harbour furls before lunch. This afternoon a short siesta was enjoyed to allow all to catch up on some much-needed sleep. After a refreshing swim to wake everyone up again the Command Day debrief was held. Some valuable insights were shared by the team and it was resoundingly agreed that the young Youth Crew Captain, Michael Dickinson, age 17, had done an outstanding job.Tonight we are looking forward to a deck BBQ and the end of voyage concert.Youth Crew entry Robert McDonald (age 21 from Brisbane) ��� Well tonight is the last night of our voyage and we’re all dreading saying goodbye. Words cannot describe the experience of being part of Young Endeavour. We have all had a fantastic time that we will not forget. The crew and staff have been the best part for me. So many different people all fitting in together so well. What a way to see the Whitsundays! We’ve snorkelled the Barrier Reef, cruised the islands, bushwalked to aboriginal cave paintings, seen whales (even a white humpback), and dolphins riding our bow wave, watched some amazing sunrises and sunsets and even stopped at Hamilton Island! We have also learnt all about sailing a tall ship. This morning we completed our Command Day where we successfully sailed the ship all by ourselves from Keswick Island to Scawfell Island and onto Mackay. It was a challenging experience but also a lot of fun. The staff has been heaps of fun and very supportive. Our last watch is tonight ��� tomorrow morning we will steam into Mackay Harbour to conclude our voyage. We’re all looking forward to the reunion.See you tomorrow for the final logCap’n Bob (and Robert)


21° 8' South / 149° 15'


At anchor off Mackay. Wind North 8 knots, Temp 22 degrees, skies clear.