Situation at 21:00 – Overnight the Youth Crew completed the main teamwork exercise of the voyage. This required them to utilise the communications skills they learned earlier in the day, in order to complete sailing related tasks assigned by their Watch Leaders. It proved to be a valuable experience that highlighted the importance of tolerance and cooperation.At morning brief, the Salty Sea Dog provided more laughs as she described the nautical origins of a commonly used phrase. She wasably assisted by other members of the Staff Crew. After Engineer Stewy returned gear to several of the Youth Crew who had, regrettably, left things out for the scran bag, Captain John gathered all hands together for an announcement. The Youth Crew have proved that they are capable of safely and efficiently working aloft withouthaving a Staff Crew member with them. This is an important milestone towards command day, and was very well received. Happy hour’s theme today was Brasso day. The Ship now shines from top to bottom and XOChooka is grinning like a Chesire Cat. At 10:00 YOUNG ENDEAVOUR anchored off Great Palm Island. This allowed all Youth Crew toparticipate in the mid-voyage talks. This activity allows them to discuss with the Staff Crew how they see the voyage unfolding. It provides them with a mechanism to offer suggestions on how to improvethe youth development program and thereby ensure we remain relaventwith our cliental. XO Chooka acted as a celebrity Chef and made lunch for all hands. This gave Chef Polly the chance to run ashore and pick up somefresh vegetables. At 13:00 the anchor was weighed (444kg) and we sailed clear of Great Palm Island. The afternoon was taken up withsetting and furling drills. The Youth Crew took charge of their watches and practised handling the various sails in preparation forcommand day. This was a demanding and tiring afternoon but is a necessary precursor to command day in order to ensure the Youth Creware able to remain safe during the potentially dangerous evolution of setting and furling the sails.Tonight the watches will have a relatively quiet time on watch. Navigation training and some watch-on-deck games will occupy the time as we make our way towards the next anchorage at Orpheus Island tomorrow afternoon.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship is fitted with two bronze saluting cannons. They were cast at the Royal Ordinance Factory in Nottingham England. They fire blank 12-gauge shotgun shells and areused for ceremonial occassions, and to fight off Pirate Ships.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Stopper- A short length of line used to temporairly take the weight of a line (such as a sheet) so that it can be turned up on a cleat, bollard or pin. RHIB- Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat. Used as a utility boat to ferry personnel andstores ashore during the voyage.Thought of the Day: Life yields only to the conqueror. Never accept what can be gained by giving in. You will be living off stolengoods and your muscles will atrophy. Dag Hammarskjold.Yours, Aye John Cowan, LCDR, RANDear AllBeing on YE is the most amazing experience of my life. I wouldn’t say that I exactly enjoy climbing the mast but it is very rewarding to overcome my fear and make myself do it – with plenty of encouragement from the wonderful people around me. Red Watch are doing a great job of looking out for each other. The highlight so far has been the day we spent on Dunk Island and especially jumping off the wharf. Given all the sun and saltwater…I don’t want to gohome… CheersAngela from the Blue Mountains Hello to youLife aboard the YE is quite special. Present day life blending with the glory days old when Tall ships ruled the trade route acrossthe world and experience what it was like for the men aboard such vessels. ‘Heave on the sheet and check away on the tack set thecourse sail’. In just a few short days I have gone from not knowing what that saying meant to taking command of fellow ship mate’s to achieve a result that I or any other person couldn’t do on their own.The Young Endeavour for me has been a life learning experince giving me confindence and sound knowledge that will hold me in good-stead.So get aboard and become pirates. Arrrrrhhh its an adventure that nobody would want to miss out on. Andy from the small town of Newcastle.
At sea under seven sails in position 18 51 S, 146 30 E . Wind: Sou'East at 5 kts, Temp: 23c, Cloud:2/8
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Ahoy there dear readers, we’ve had a great run south since departing Byron Bay this morning around 0830. With freshening northerlies hitting 30 knots at times, we were flying along with all squares out, averaging 8-10 knots on a lovely, broad reach. We braced for the storm around 1900 off Yamba, but thankfully we were able to dodge the worst of it. The lightning show however was spectacular. Currently motorsailing SSW at best speed, as the wind has abated somewhat and we’re looking to find some shelter as the southerlies strengthen, day after tomorrow. Anyway, please enjoy tonight’s log by Tae and Severin: We started the day nestled in the beautiful Byron Bay. The ocean was tamer than previous days and we had the wind at our backs starting us on our voyage. At this point most of the crew had recovered from their sea sickness. These winds allowed us to set the square sails for the first time once we left the shelter of the bay. We climbed the main and foremasts in winds of up to thirty knots, climbing up with some transferring across the yards of the Top Gallant, Topsail and Course to loose the knots holding square sails. Crew resting on the deck and enjoying the sunny weather were at times caught unawares by the rocking of the ship, and slid into the railings. Crew members sitting on the bowsprit clung on, strapped in and enjoyed the exhilarating swell. The crew also enjoyed spectacular sightings of whales and dolphins as we sailed down the east coast of Australia. Cap’n Charlie Farley gave us the most invigorating lesson on sail theory we had laid eyes on and lent ears to, imparting upon us lessons of physics and sailing. Watch officer Chucky graciously shared his wisdom regarding the road rules of the sea to the youthies, teaching us about buoys, sea etiquette and the meaning of different horn blasts and flags, citing the youthies counted as dangerous cargo and we should be flying the Bravo flag (dangerous goods flag). We spent the evening serenading in the cafe with Charlie and Josh playing guitar, with everyone else playing Uno and singing along, except the white watch crew, who were braving the storm that had just rolled in. They were treated to some spectacular views of streaking lightning across the night sky. Signing off, Severin P.S. Lots of love to Mama and Dad, I’m having the time of my life, see you soon – Severin Signing off, Tae Stoked that you helped me embark on this great adventure love you mum- Tae.
Day 2 found the ship tucked away nice and snug in the lee of the lovely, Mud Island in Moreton Bay. Hands were called at 0630 and the youth crew's presence was kindly requested topside for a bit of move and shake, for our first early morning activity. Then it was away to wash and eat before morning brief took place on the bridge after the formalities of our Colours ceremony at 0800. Dion hatched the plan for the day and then Theresa (our lifesaving and safety equipment expert) took charge for a collective closer look at said lifesaving equipment. Whilst that was happening, remaining staff weighed anchor under a gorgeous blue and sun drenched day and we commenced our pilotage out of Moreton Bay - with Emma the Navigator as our trusty Pilot. Once Theresa had completed her briefing, youth crew turned-to cleaning stations, or as we call it, "happy hour". Whales, turtles and dolphins frolicked as we sailed past them and then out into the Coral Sea we went. A large cargo ship tooted their horn, 'adieu', and we responded in kind. All the while our sea puppies set and furled the sails, had a wee break for lunch, then continued with same all afternoon. Finally, when watch leaders gave me the nod, I gave Dion a wink and he called the ship to tacking stations. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, it was with almost mechanical precision that this youth crew of ours, performed their duties in a well oiled fashion, and they did tack this ship, back and forth, several times to drill and practice the required actions to manouevre this beautiful ship through the wind. I was well impressed. Bravo I said, then Dion stood them down for half an hour. Dinner was taken at 1715, then the youth crew turned-to sea watches, to assist with navigational safety overnight, whilst the others slept soundly. Each watch would take a four hour trick to follow the navigation plan by helm, keep lookout duties and conduct hourly rounds throughout the night. Additionally they would consolidate sail handling and climbing procedures. If they didn't know, now they know - This here is a working ship and we have no passengers embarked. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+