Captain's Log
28 July 2003

Get Busy

Situation at 21:00 -At 16:00 voyage 15/03 commenced when the Ship got underway from Bundaberg with a full complement of Youth Crew embarked. Theprogram started immediately with the Youthb Crew receiving a safety briefing and their Watch Leaders leading them in ‘Icebreakers.Anhour later we anchored off Bargara for the first day and night’s activities. After completing a tour of the Ship, the Youth Crew enjoyed their first of Chef Polly’s magnificant meals. As soon as the Galley and Cafe were all squared away, it was time for the welcome aboard talks from Captain John and Executive Officer Paige. A lecture on how to use the fall arrest harness and climb aloft followed. The Youth Crew have just completed their first climb. All hands went up the ratlines and over the lower top. This marks theirfirst major achievement onboard and was celebrated by a mug of hot Kye and a slice of Birthday cake-many happy returns Simon. Overnight the Youth Crew will complete their second climb, this time to the T’Gallant and Topsail yards. They will also enter into a full value contract agreeing to a standard of conduct and participation whileonboard.The Staff Crew for the voyage consits of Captain John, Executive Officer Paige, Navigator Lisa, Watch Officer Kirsten, WhiteWatch Leader Dutchy, Red Watch Leader Rags, Blue Watch Leader Chantal, Engineer Stewy and Chef Polly.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship is operated by the Royal Australian Navy on behalf of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme and is dedicated to delivering life skills and sail training to young Australians. The Staff Crew are specially selected for their ability to relate to and work with young people. They are chosen from from all areas of the Navy and will return to the Fleet uponcompletion of their posting to YOUNG ENDEAVOUR. YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Yards- The spars that cross the foremast from which the square sails are carried. The T’Gallant isthe highest yard in YOUNG ENDEAVOUR and is set above the Topsail and Course yards. Bowsprit- The spar that extends forward of the Ship and used to support the head stays.Thought of the Day: Although generalizations are dangerous, I venture to say that at the bottom of most fears, both mild and severe, will be found an overactive mind and an underactive body. Hence, I have advised many people, in their quest for happiness, to use their heads less and their arms and legs more…in useful work or play. We generate fears while we sit, we overcome them in action.Fear is nature’s warning signal to get busy. Dr Henry Link.Yours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RAN


24° 55' South / 152° 29' East


At anchor off Bundaberg. Wind: Sou'West at 10 knots, Temp: 13c, Cloud: 1/8