Captain's Log
20 June 2003

Greetings from the Deep Blue Yonder

Situation at 20:00 – Last night was spent quietly at anchor off Dunk Island, catching up on sleep and otherwise relaxing. Today’s activitiesstarted off when all hands were piped on deck at 06:30 for early morning activity. This involved an easy jog around the uppersfollowed by some team activities led by XO Chooka.After showers and breakfast it was time for morning brief. XO Chooka outlined the plan for the day before turning over to the SaltySea Dog. Today’s nautical saying involved tropical fruit and Vikings and was very well acted out. Engineer Stewy made only a small harvest for his scran bag, but the quantity of the singers was more than made up by the quality of the singing. Happy hour was next, and today was ‘Deck’ day. The next activity was the communications exercise.The Youth Crew are divided into three groups and required to complete a task with each group using different mediums to communicate with. This proved to be very effective and several valuable lessons were learned. At 10:30 the anchor was weighed and we sailedEastward towards deep water and sea room. The third installment of Rope Races was next on the agenda. The Blue watch has taken the lead but Red and White are close astern and gaining.After a terrific lunch, courtesay of Chef Polly, it was time for the Youth Crew to watch the only TV of the voyage. This took the form of a 38 minute video of a square-rigger rounding Cape Horn in 1928. It is an amazing piece of footage and makes us appreciate the creature comforts we enjoy in YOUNG ENDEAVOUR. Demonstration andRotational tacks was the last activity of the day. This enabled the Youth Crew to experience tacking from the perspective of the other watches. It also allowed each of them to sit with Captain John and hear him explain the process, sequence and considerations taken into account when carrying out this complex evolution. This will be of benefit to them on command day.We will make ground to the South overnight as we shape a course towardsthe Palm Islands. The Youth Crew will complete themajor teamwork exercise of the voyage, requiring them to complete a complex task with no assistance from the Staff Crew. They will need to utilise teamwork, effective communication and cooperation if theyhope to be successful. Well done to the Youth Crew members who overcame their fear of climbing today to achieve a significantchallenge by reaching the lower and upper Top. Perseverance pays off. YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship’s hull is made of steel and the decks are teak. The masts and all spars are aluminium. YOUNGENDEAVOUR was purpose built for youth development training and is extremely well equipped for her role. The Ship carries 12 tons of fresh water and is fitted with a reverse osmosis plant able to produce 4 tons of fresh water per day.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Close-hauled – Pointing as high on the wind as possible with the sails remaining full. In YOUNGENDEAVOUR this is when the wind is 60 degrees off the bow. Aback – A sail is aback when it is filled by wind on the wrong side. Setting a sail aback is a technique used to help tack the Ship and to assist inworking off a berth.Thought of the Day: All serious daring starts from within. Eudora Welty.Yours, Aye John Cowan, LCDR, RANHello Land People,We’re all having a fantastic time out on sea. It’s hard work hauling on the lines when tacking ship and sleep is hard to come by. Yesterday we practised setting and clewing the square sails, which was exciting and nerve racking at the same time. Team work activities have been fun and all teams are working well together – go team bluewatch :)I have found the lectures and information on navigating fascinating. The food on board is the best … so mum, I might not be coming home as soon as promised. As Chook says it’s all about the food. Looking forward to the many challenges ahead. See you all soon.From James in Sydney.G’day from the Shanty Sea People,Today I asked a question which was answered in a most interesting of ways. My question related to a procedure on the ship and the answer involved me eating coconut and cherry tomatoes. I climbed the foremast again today but today was clearer than previous days and the view was spectacular. On a personal note, hi to my Mum, Dad, sisters Rebecca and Imogen, and cousins Charlotte and Aleisha. From Liam in Brisbane. Greetings from the deep blue yonder,We are half way through our voyage and the past 5 days have been a blast. We have all learnt so much and made friendships to last alifetime. Many challenges have been accomplished and fears overcome.Today I climbed the foremast and the view was awesome. You feel like you can see forever. However it is hard to get sleep between tacks and night watches so I should probably hit the sack. I will leave youon the fact that Young Endeavour is the experience of a lifetime. P.S. Hi Mum 🙂 From Kat in Orange


17° 56' South / 146° 20' East


At sea under five sails. Wind: Sou'East at 10 kts, Temp: 23c, Cloud:6/8