Captain's Log
14 February 2009

Groundhog Day

Ahoy there Shipmates,We awoke this morning with the same light sou’easter as yesterday which necessitated us to motorsail throughout the night. Nonetheless the further we leave Tasmania astern it seems to be getting warmer. Thank goodness!We motorsailed throughout the forenoon and enjoyed the morning ���not so’ brief, happy hour, a round of rope races and a spell bounding session on the Rules of the Road by the salty sea dog himself, Chook Barry. Very pleasingly, by lunch time the breeze had picked up a few knots enabling us to shut down the engines. We made good use of the good sailing conditions and we conducted a series of rotational tacks in the afternoon including an attempt of a ���box haul’ manoeuvre which didn’t quite work out the way this Captain had hoped for. I also dazzled the Youth Crew with a lecture on sail theory which had some of the YC concentrating so hard they had their eyes closed. We sailed for the next six hours or so until Dave the navigator pleaded for engines as our SOA to reach Eden by Sunday afternoon continued to creep higher. We’re well into Bass Strait now and beam reaching in light to moderate conditions under a full spread of canvas (albeit with the engines running ahead) making about 9 kts. We plan to anchor in Twofold Bay tomorrow afternoon and hopefully in time to get the YC ashore to the delights of Eden.Teagan, one of the YC, didn’t get to my Valentines message special yesterday and here are her words:Hey Mum, Kyal, Mason, Brittany, Tara, Joanne, Steve, Tiffany, Rebecca, Emily, Nicholas, David, Karen, Madison, Taylor and Chad. Hope all is well fam missing you heaps! Tara hope you’re having a great time! Other fam, can’t wait to see you all! Love heapsTeagan (Blue Steel)That’s all for now readers. Tomorrow I will start having a member of the YC write up the log so you will have an alternate perspective of life at sea in Young Endeavour.Yours ayeAndrew ���Gunna’ RourkeCarpe Diem


38° 57' South / 150° 49' East


Co 000 Sp 9 kts, Wind 090 / 12 kts, partly cloudy