Captain's Log
18 June 2003

Gaining your Sea Legs

Situation at 20:00 – Overnight we beat to windward, conducting one and two watch tacks as we made ground to the South. The Youth Crew learned how tosteer the Ship and conduct rounds.At morning brief Navigator Luke reviewed the progress we have made since weighing anchor off Cairns. He noted that the ‘Spewometer’was reading almost off the scale. Salty Sea Dog Paige described the nautical origins of an everyday saying, ably assisted by the’Dutchess’. Engineer Stewy made an enormous haul for his scran bag. All of the gear left sculling by the Youth Crew (and some Staff Crew)was returned to its owner, who was then required to join Stewy in singing one of his favorite songs. Today’s happy hour was wellattended , despite some green faces, and in no time the Ship was spic and span. The next activity was a lecture on navigation by Luke. He soon had the Youth Crew’s heads spinning with phrases such as lines of position, variation, compass roses and chart datum. He was tempted to reveal his secret Navigator’s handshake, but decided to wait until closer to command day. The last item on the forenoon schedule was the first episode of rope races. These are competative learning sessions designed to improve Ship’s knowledge and terminology.After lunch, the Youth Crew had only one scheduled activity. This was a lecture by XO Chooka on how to set and clew up the squaresails. The remainder of the day was free time and provided a chance for the Youth Crew to recuperate after the hectic pace of yesterday.During the afternoon the weather started to improve, and most of the day was spent under brilliant Queensland sunshine. The greenfaces have returned to a healthy hue and all hands seem to have gained their sea legs. The wind has eased off somewhat and we aremaking a gentle 4 knots. Overnight we will run Northward towards our next anchorage at Dunk Island. The Youth Crew will be busy climbing aloft as they practise setting and clewing the square sails. YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: Since 1988 over 6,000 young Australians have experienced a voyage in YOUNG ENDEAVOUR. In that time the Ship has sailed in every Ocean and visited every continent except Antarctica.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Knot- The unit of speed at sea, where one knot is equal to one nautical mile per hour. So named afterthe original log line used for measuring speed where measured lengths were marked off by knots in a line. Blanketing- When one sailblankets the wind from another.This blanketing can cause ‘back-winding’ of the second sail so that it doesn’t draw properly.Thought of the Day: Be not content with the commomplace in character anymore than with the commonplace in ambition orintellectual attainment. Do not expect that you will make any lasting or very strong impression on the world through intellectual power without the use of an equal amount of conscience and heart.Yours, Aye John Cowan, LCDR, RAN


18° 21' South / 146° 31' East


At sea under six sails. Wind: Sou'East at 15 kts, Temp: 23c, Cloud:3/8