Captain's Log
dark skies and a deep cloud cover
10 June 2001

A Flurry of Activity

Situation at 20:00- It was a very quiet Ship last night as most of the Youth Crew tried to catch up on sleep after the demanding 24 hours of commandday. There was one die-hard fisherman seeing what the harbour would yield, but eventually even he was overcome by fatigue.Today has been a flurry of activity starting at 06:30. Today’s early morning activity consisted of scrubbing down the upperdeck and superstructure in an attempt to remove rust stain and make the Ship look its best. After breakfast, all hands turned to atcleaning stations. All of this cleaning activity was designed to make the Ship spic and span from stem to stern, because we were about to embark our guests for the half-day sail. At 10:00, 30 guests fromRecreation Illawarra arrived onboard. These are young Australians who would not be able to take part in a 10-day voyage due to adisability.Once all the guests were onboard we sailed and before long the Youth Crew were playing host and showing off all that they havelearned throughout the voyage. All hands, guests included, got involved in setting the sails and by the time we cleared the harbourwe had a good turn of speed up. Chef Stony had prepared lots of goodies for our guests and the Youth Crew tried their hand atserving. It was a great day made possible by the effort shown by the Youth Crew in welcoming our guests and providing them with an experience they will long remember.Once back alongside and the guests were clear of the Ship, the important job of harbour furling the sails was started. Thisdemanding job is important because it protects the square sails from the effects of the sun while the Ship is alongside. The next item on today’s agenda was the end-of-voyage talks. The Watch Leaders discusswith their Youth Crew members the highs and lows of the voyage. They also try to identify what each person will be able to take away from the voyage. From the comments made at the discussion it is obviousthat some strong friendships have been made and there will be lots of fond memories to take home.The watches will spend their last time together on watch overnight. They will have an opportunity to write in each othersLife and Times of YOUNG ENDEAVOUR” and complete their entry in the Ship’s scrapbook. This time is all part of the experiential learning cycle and is important because it allows the Youth Crew a chance tosay an extended goodbye to each other.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship is fitted with a RACAL DECCA BRIDGEMASTER Radar. This is the latest design in computerenhanced imagery and is used for contact avoidance as well as coastalnavigation and blind pilotage.The Radar accepts feeds from the Ship’s gryo compass and Global Positioning System to provide an accurate and valuable aid to navigation.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Barometer- Meteorological instrument which sailors often use to confirm the onset of badweather. Its readings


used primarily in commerce in the Middle East / and in Scrabble games in North American waters during prolonged calms.Thought of the Day: Nearly all men can stand adversity


but if you want to test a man's character