Captain's Log
24 February 2009

Heading North

Ahoy Shipmates, By 2345 last night we had managed to get all of the Youth Crew through their first climbs with the majority making it all the way to the topgallant yard(highest yard). As you can well understand it was a very tired YC that finally turned in for their first nights sleep onboard Young Endeavour.That said, everyone was up on deck at 0630 to witness a beautiful Sydney morning and enjoy their first Early Morning Activity (EMA). Following a very hearty breakfast the YC were introduced to the ceremony of colours (raise flags and sing National Anthem) and then turned to for their first set of cleaning stations (happy hour). Once the ship was clean ���Captain Safety�� presented a very thorough ships safety brief, which was closely followed by a very informative sail setting and furling presentation given by Dion the Sail Master. The anchor was finally weighed at 1330 and the ship departed Athol Bay and proceeded out of Sydney Harbour via the Western Channel under main engines. Under the guidance of their watch leaders, the YC spent the afternoon conducting setting and furling drills and learning the intricacies of tall ship sailing. By late afternoon under a pleasant 15kt south easterly breeze they had managed to set most sails and complete their first set of tacks as a crew. Now that the YC have proven that they can safely tack the ship we have settled into watches for the night with the focus being on learning how to steer the ship and keep it safe during the night hours.At the moment we are 6nm to the east of Broken Bay making good a speed of 5kts in perfect sailing conditions.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


33° 36' South / 151° 28' East


Currently 6nm to the east of Broken Bay and experiencing moderate 13-15kt SE winds with a 1m SE swell