Captain's Log
6 December 2002

Doing the Impossible

Situation at 20:00- After a peaceful night at anchor and a chance to catch up on lost sleep, all hands were called on deck at 06:30 for some earlymorning activity designed to get the blood circulating and the limbs exercised. Instead of morning brief, the first activity afterbreakfast was a presentation by the Youth Crew on how they would sail to and from anchor. It was evident that a lot of thought had gone into this and the plan to sail from anchor was put into action. Before long we had left Jervis Bay astern and shaped a course North towards Broken Bay. The forenoon was finished off with the everpopular happy hour….Well done to all.After lunch (low fat only for Engineer Rags) the daily brief saw the Salty Sea Dog Bullet describe the nautical origin of the phrase ‘two-six heave’. Thanks Mon for being such a high calibre woman. XO Chooka led the Youth Crew in the second installment of RopeRaces as well as some games designed to challange the imagination. The next activity was the showing of a terrific video showing a Three-masted Barque rounding Cape Horn in 1929. This is the only footage of its kind and is really quite amazing. All hands gained a greater appreciation for the creature comforts they enjoy in YOUNG ENDEAVOUR.The afternoon finished off with each watch designing and testing a device that would allow a raw egg to be dropped on deck withoutbreaking from a height of 5 feet, using only the materials provided. Upperdeck hose down immediately followed.Captain John announced that the Youth Crew have proven themselves to be capable of safely and efficiently working aloft and are now permitted to lay aloft without a staff member. This is an important milestone in the progress of the voyage and is a resultof the hard work put in by all hands. The first watch has closed up and is starting a team building exercise which will require them to exercise tolerance and cooperation. Each watch in turn will complete this exercise overnight and be one more step closer towards being ready for command day.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: Each 10-day voyage the Ship consumes 60 kg of potatoes, 90 kg of assorted fruit and 250 kg of meat. Chef Polly is able to cater for dietary considerations such as vegetarians, lactose intolerance and almost any special requests.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Clews- The two lower corners of square sails, the after corner of staysails the lower after corner ofthe spanker.The sheets are attrached to the Clews. Head-The upper edge of a square sail, the upper corner of satysails and the upperedge of the spanker. Ship’s Head-where the lubber’s line is pointing.Thought of the day: Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible. SaintFrancis.Yours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RAN>


34° 52' South / 151° 4' East


At sea, Wind: Sou'East at 15 kts, Sky: 2/8 cloud, Temp: 17c.