Captain's Log
3 February 2003

First Lessons, Voyage Three

Voyage 03/03 commenced this afternoon at 16:00 when the Ship sailed from Garden Island with a full complement of 24 Youth Crew onboard. After a short transit, we anchored in Rose Bay where the program started in full swing. Since we anchored, the Youth Crew have been taken on a comprehensive tour of the Ship, had supper, received a briefing on how to wear their safety harnesses and the do’s and don’ts of climbing aloft, and carried out their first climb up and over the lower top.All hands are enjoying a mug of Kye after which the first watch will close up. The Youth Crew are already divided into their watches, and overnight they will climb again, this time as a watch, to the T’Gallant yardarm. They will also spend some time practising the basic knots, bends and hitches that are used onboard YOUNG ENDEAVOUR.The Staff Crew for the voyage consists of Captain John, Executive Officer Paul (Chooka), Navigator Aaron (Bullet), Watch Officer Luke (Lukish), White Watch Leader Michael (Dutchy), Red Watch Leader Greg (Rags), Blue Watch Leader Lauren (Loz), Engineer Simon (Stewy), Chef Ben (Ben) and Assistant Red Watch Leader Sherylee Boats).The Youth Crew are already settling into life onboard and getting to know one another. They look to be an enthusiastic group who are keen to achieve all that they can and learn as much as possible.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship is a Brigantine, having a foremast and a mainmast, with square sails carried only from the foremast. The three square sails are the Course (lowest), the Topsail, and the T’ Gallant (highest). They are manually set and clewed up, unlike the head sails (the Jib and the Fore Stay sail) and the ‘Tween mast stay sails (the Main Stay sail and the T’Gallant Stay sail) which are fitted with rollar furling gear. The sails carried from the mainmast (the Main and the Main Gaff Topsail) are also handled manually.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Bowsprit – The long spar projecting forward over the bow of a vessel, to which the forestays from the foremast are secured. Cock-billed – When the yards of a vessel are not set at right angles to the mast, the yards are said to be ‘a cock-bill’. They are adjusted by the sheets and lifts.Thought of the day: The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him. Jan Patocka.Yours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RAN


33° 52' South / 151° 16' East


Situation at 21:00: At anchor in Rose Bay Wind: Nor' East at 10 kts, Temp: 25c, Cloud 4/8