Captain's Log
31 August 2011


Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day seven, the morning commenced at 0700 with another rousing tune from Red Watch which heralded in a new day onboard filled with sunshine and the distant sight of Mooloolaba looming over the horizon. There was no time for rest as it was straight into Captains setting and furling drills where I assessed each watch conducting sail work without their Watch Leaders. These drills are designed to evaluate each watch in their ability to safely set and furl sails without compromising their own or the team’s safety in preparation for Command Day. It was with great satisfaction that each watch successfully completed this task sails without their Watch Leaders, displaying high standards of teamwork, communication, knowledge and safety.With all drills successfully completed the ship proceeded directly to anchor in the lee of Point Cartwright, Mooloolaba Beach. All hands were immediately transferred ashore in the ships boat for a BBQ lunch on the beach and a shore exploration under some wobbly sea legs. On return to the ship Engineer Leon continued with the next round of ‘rope races’ raising the Youth Crew deck knowledge to new heights.After another amazing alfresco dinner this time dining on the upper deck watching a glorious sunset the Youth Crew elected their Command Team under the capable charge of Youth Captain Will tomorrow at 1300 when they will take control of the ship for 24 hours.To complete the evening a special movie was screened, depicting a young man who sailed around Cape Horn in 1929 on one of the last tall ship cargo vessels. Many similarities and comparisons could be drawn 80 years later with our own band of young adventurers. So after another very busy day, the Youth Crew have settled into anchor watches for the night, hopefully achieving a good night’s rest in anticipation and preparation for tomorrow’s commencement of Command Day.Our last seven days at sea had seen significant developments in the overall journey of our young adventurers. They have progressed enormously both individually and collectively as the voyage continues to gain momentum. Command Day approaches with great anticipation for all. The intention is remain at anchor prior to weighing the following afternoon for the adventure and challenge that is Young Endeavour.Until tomorrow evening when you will read the exploits of the ship from Captain Will, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


26°40's / 153°7'e


2300 at sea - weather scattered cloud, wind S 6 knots, swell E 0.5 metre, temperature 17 degrees, barometer 1021 hpa