Captain's Log
5 February 2012


Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day two of the voyage. Following a well deserved and much needed good night’s rest the Youth Crew awoke at 0630 to a stunning significantly abated weather conditions than experienced during the previous night. After breakfast all hands mustered for the voyages inaugural morning brief detailing the day’s activities and words of wisdom from various staff members,At 0900 all lines were cast off and the ship departed Mackay Marina and entered the Inner Great Barrier Reef. During this period Captain Safety alias Watch Officer Guv, presented a very comprehensive safety equipment presentation and demonstration ensuring the no matter what the situation the Youth Crew should find themselves in, that they would have the knowledge to overcome any adversity at sea.Then under the guidance of their watch leaders, the Youth Crew spent the remainder of the day conducting line handling and deck safety, gaining the foundation skills required to work the sails safely during their adventure at sea as the ship sailed around the southern islands of the Whitsunday Island Group.At 1500 the ship was called to ‘tacking stations’ in order to practise manoeuvring the ship under sail. Weather conditions provided a consistent 15 knot sou’ easterly wind, with a one metre swell which whilst providing good sailing conditions challenged numerous members of the crew with adjusting to the equilibrium of a rolling ship.After a magnificent dinner from Chef Steve, the crew are now settling into their first four hour night watches, learning to helm the ship, adjust the sail plan and conduct engineering rounds (checks of the engine room compartment) ensuring the safety and integrity of the ship overnight.Young Endeavour is currently sailing along handsomely at five knots on abeam reach port tack with the intention of continuing our passage overnight remaining in the vicinity of Scawfell and the St Bees Islands.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


20°51's / 149°24'e


2300 at sea - weather scattered cloud, wind SE 17 knots, swell SE 0.5 metre, temperature 25 degrees, barometer 1018 hpa