Had a pretty rough sail overnight, beating into a 2m swell and a strong NE wind. Was pleased to find a comfortable anchorage on the Western side of Wilson’s Prom this afternoon, but not, I am told, as pleased as some of the YC. After a short respite here we intend sailing at around 2000 (8pm) to make ground to the north. With such a long voyage ahead of us it is important to press on. The afternoon has been a busy one ‘battening down the hatches’ in preparation for the gale that has been forecast for tonight. Just like Gibran’s ‘Prophet’ though, with (storm) sails full set we await the wind.Until tomorrow, (still hoping for fair winds and following seas)Yours AyeMatthew RoweYouth Crew Entry by Chris Gordon from Scotland. Chris Gordon here I’m 21 years old and have been given the chance to come over from Scotland and sail on the Young Endeavour as part of a scholarship that is set up between the Sail Training Association of the United Kingdom, the Australian Sail Training Association and the Australia-Britain Society (NSW Branch). I have 3 previous voyages aboard the schooner Sir Winston Churchill back home and although this had provided me with some experience, and an idea of what to expect aboard Young Endeavour, I was still nervous and apprehensive of the challenges and journey that faced me.I joined the ship on Tuesday the 30th Jan at Geelong. When joining I was allocated to red watch with Paul as our watch leader. A lot has happened over the past 2 days, including learning to climb aloft, knot-tying and playing lots of ‘ice-breaking’ games.At sea we have practiced setting, stowing and handing the sails, along with safety briefings and general seamanship talks. After a short time at open sea however a lot of my fellow youth crew members became sick and that coupled with the long day of learning and working, morale slowly started to drop. At this point I was starting to meet new friends and getting to know the rest of the crew, although I was extremely tired after a very long day.Today morale is starting to rise again as most of the crew are starting to recover from sea sickness. At the moment we have anchored at Oberon Bay and everybody is back to normal. Hello to everyone back home.CheersChris Gordon
Current situation at 1800: At anchor in Oberon Bay, Wilson's Promontory, VIC. Temp 22C Wind Easterly at 24 knots.
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