Captain's Log
3 July 2003

Learning soooooo much!

Situation at 21:00 – After a night of Anchor watches it was a re-invigorated Youth Crew that awoke at 0630. Everyone made their way on deck for someearly morning wake up activities prior to commencing the morning routine of showers and breakfast. At 0800 we celebrated the raising of the Flags with a rousing rendition of the National Anthem beforereadying ourselves to proceed ashore at Airlie Beach. Once ashore, all members of the YC and SC engaged in a sports day. Games of Touch Football, Soccer and Continuous Cricketensued from which (as usual) the SC emerged victorious. Another win for the undefeated Staffies. After a full morning of sports it was time for lunch. Stonii and his assistants had put together a fantastic picnic, which was enjoyed by all. Following our picnic lunch, the YC were given two hours of free time to wander around Airlie Beach and relax. They took theopportunity to stock up on some much needed supplies of lollies which, I am positive, will all be gone before Mackay. At 1700 with all YC re-embarked and with a 12 Kt southerly breeze, we finally weighed our anchor and proceeded to sea. Today wesailed from anchor nstead of using the engines, which only served to denmonstrate to the YC, how much they have already learned. Sailing from anchor is a relatively complex evolution which requires therapid handling of sails and the ability to react with significant flexibility to changes in the environmental conditions. I am pleased to report that they did very well.We are now settled into the night watches and with a lot of energy and a sparkle in their eyes, I am sure that the watchesovernight will be extremely productive with a lot of sail handling,laying aloft and navigation practice going on.Nautical Knowledge:In the days of old, all Ship’s would have a sail known as the ‘Jib’, which was a triangular sail set on the stays ofthe foremast. The ‘cut of the Jib’ or the exact shape of the Jib was an easy way to recognise the type and in some casesnationality of a Ship. This lead to the modern saying ‘I (don’t) like the cut of his Jib’ What this means is that based solely on a persons outward appearance, one hasdetermined that they do or don’t like the person. (Not necessarily a good thing, but nautical nevertheless…)Thought of the Day: ‘The farther a man knows himself to be from perfection, the nearer he is to it.’ -Gerard Groote Youth Crew Entry by Dionne, 22 of Newcastle:Hi Mum, Dad and Ash. Having an awesome time on the Young Endeavour.Today we went into shore at Airlie Beach and had a Sports Day which included sight-seeing. We played continuous cricket on the beach which was way cool (I definitely need to get more fit though). The food here is unbelievable Mum, you would be in your element – garlicprawns for lunch, 3-4 choices of mains for dinner with super yummy desserts. The crew have been really fantastic – I was pretty scared climbing up the 30 metre mast but the Captain actually came up specially with me which meant that I really did it. It was anawesome feeling to know that I achieved something so seemingly difficult. (When I actually got there it wasn’t too bad really, and the sunset was magic.)The accommodation is cosy but really quite comfortable – we have hot showers and everything. There’s even electricity so I could plug in my electric hairdryer (yes I did bring it) but haven’t had time. It’s really full on – keeping late hours but should get a bit more sleep tonight. As for the sailing, we’ve all learnt SOOOOO much about how ships work. They give us stimulating ‘lectures’ on Sail Theory andNavigation. I think the best part for me so far was driving the ship, which I did for an hour at 3.30am yesterday. It’s not as difficult as you would imagine and a fantastic feeling to be in control of the vessel.So, having an unbelievable time. Love to all, Dionne.Youth Crew Entry by Katrina Coutts, 22 of Tamworth:Hi all,I am having a fantastic time,love Kat xxxYouth Crew Entry by Vince White, 21 of Ballarat: Howdy folks,Well yeah, I made the ship and have been having a fantastic time. Everyone’s really great (crew and youth crew) and the food evenrivals yours, mum. So far we’ve been learning how to set sails, tie knots and do other cool stuff. Haven’t been sea sick yet, but who knows – I mean the water’s been pretty calm so far.Hope everyone’s doing well and cheers,Vince (aka the buccaneer)More to Follow, Paul BarrieLEUT, RANActing Commanding Officer


20° 9' South / 148° 45' East


At sea, north of Whitsunday Passage.