Captain's Log
11 August 2002

Loving Life on a Tall Ship

Situation at 20:00- Overnight the watches were busy tacking ship and handing sail as we closed the anchorage off Noosa. At 06:00, as the first light was starting to appear in the Eastern sky, the anchor was let go one nautical mile from shore, and another day in YOUNG ENDEAVOUR started in earnest.After a quick happy hour, the Youth Crew were ferried ashore for a day’s activity on the beach. After having a couple of hours to stretch their legs, have a swim and visit the local shops, the Youth Crew enjoyed a picnic lunch courtesy of Chef Karen. After lunch each watch met to conduct the mid-voyage talks, which provides feedback tothe Staff Crew about how the Youth Crew feel voyage isprogressing.The past two days at sea have been very busy and all hands were glad to have the opportunity to go ashore and relax. The Youth Crew have recharged their batteries and are now making their preparations for command day. They have completed the election of their command team and are grilling the Staff Crew about the best way to achieve their mission. All hands have worked hard to be prepared for command day and are as ready as they will ever be. Hopefully the weather willcooperate.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship’s safety equipement is maintained to the standards required by the Royal Australian Navy.There are eight 10 person inflatable liferafts and over 100lifejackets onboard.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: EPIRB- An electronic position indicating radio beacon which can automatically transmit the Ship’s position toan aircraft or a satellite, depending upon the type. Bobstay- The wire, rope or chain running from the end of the Bowsprit to the cutwater to provide tension to the Bowsprit and from there to the fore-and-aft rigging system.Thought of the day: The truely educated man is the one who knows and can properly appraise the consequence of his actions. Sidney Harris.Yours, AyeJohn CowanHey everybody,Hope you are all well. Now to answer the question that I know you will all ask as soon as I return, yeah I got seasick. But I’m over it now and I’m having a ball and loving life on a tall ship. Let me first focus on the highs and finish on the lows. Firstly and most importantly the food is fantastic. There are no limits as to how muchyou can eat, so as you can imagine I tested that limit to the best of my ability. The staff and crew are some of the most amazing,funniest,annoying, courageous and easy to get along with bunch of people I will ever meet. I have learnt alot about what it takes to work as a team and how to sail a tall ship, but most of all I have learnt alot about myself. As you all know I think I am invincible, but in the space of six days I have discovered otherwise. The lows. There are very few, but I have to stress the importance of climbing the mast on a full stomach. DONT DO IT. I would’nt wish seasickness upon my worst enemy. It is one of the most ordinary feelings I have ever felt. Have to run now of to my rack (BED) so farewell for nowZac, Nowra NSW


26° 22' South / 153° 6'


At anchor off Noosa Wind SE at 15 kts