Fishing, Cards and Music
Situation at 20:00- The wind cooperated last night and remained from the Sou’ East which meant that after midnight there was no further requirement to tack the Ship. The watches kept busy consolidating their sail handling and general Ship’s knowledge. The Morning watch were able to lay aloft to witness a beautiful sunrise, something that has so farnot been seen this voyage.The Salty Sea Dog regaled us with an especially animated explanation of an oft used nautical expression which proved that the Youth Crew really are high calibre people. After happy hour, the Youth Crew took over the Staff mess and turned it into a sea-going Disco, complete with glass rotating mirror ball. It is amazing howmany people can fit into such a small space. The rest of the forenoon was used for the mid-voyage talks. After lunch the major activity wasthe demonstration and rotational tacks. This provided an opportunity for each member of the Youth Crew to learn what the other watchesrole is when tacking. It also allows Captain John the chance to describe the overall process of tacking to the Youth Crew. The next item on the agenda was for Executive Officer Paul to lead another installment of Rope Races. Well done Whities.As Chef Karen was serving supper, the Ship entered Broken Bay. The wind and sea dropped and for the first time since leaving Brisbanewe found a steady deck under our feet and no spray coming over the Bulwark. Once safely at anchor, the Youth Crew gathered in the cafeto see a video showing some amazing 1929 footage of a square rigger rounding Cape Horn. It is very inspirational stuff that makes us thankful for the mod cons we enjoy in YOUNG ENDEAVOUR.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: During her delivery voyage from England in 1987, the Ship sailed over 1,000 nautical miles in a five-day period with a best day’s run of 244 nautical miles.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Aback – When the wind is on the fore side of the square sails, and on the lee side of the fore- and-aft sails. Rake – The angle of the masts from the vertical.Thought of the day: You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. Henry FordYours, AyeJohn CowanHi everyone.I am having the time of my life. Today was great. The sun was shining for the first time in ages. Tomorrow see’s us beginingcommand day and we are all very excited. We are at anchor tonite in Broken bay and are all happy to be out of the rough seas (SPEWOMETER LOW) Anyways missing everyone to bitz. Love you mummy and daddy xoxoxox catch ya’s love Mandie ( Nairne SA)Finally some nice weather to dry us out, and to brighten our spirits. Today started, for me, at 4 am, with the ‘morning watch’ during which we were privileged enough to see a sunrise for the first time of the trip. Some of the BLUE DOGS climbed to the TOPGALLANT, (the top of the foremast) and enjoyed the view, while taking photos of such arare occasion. tacking drills were performed in the morning in preparation to our command day, during which we will have to sail totally unassisted by the crew. Some fun, in the rope races livened things up, and blue, unfortunately weren’t as dominatng as we would have hoped… Personally i was lucky enough to be on the helm as we sailed into Broken Bay, while the rest of my watch group were heaving away on the ropes. (an amazing feeling) Red Bulls were responsiblefor the lowering of the anchor, and we all enjoyed a video to top off the evening. A leisurely evening of fishing, cards and music is still being enjoyed by all as we prepare once again for another day of excitement and adventure aboard YOUNG ENDEAVOUR..Signing off..Tim Heffernan.(GUNNING. NSW)
At anchor in Broken Bay. Wind: Sou'East at 10 kts, Temp: 12
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They leave with new skills, improved persistence, resilience and adaptability, as well as generally knowing they are more capable than what they probably thought. And of course, having made great new friends - most probably, friends for life. It never gets old for us staff members, as we truly love our work.
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