Captain's Log
18 January 2010

On Our Way North

Hi Everyone, Overnight the weather improved and the Youth Crew awoke early to a fine Newcastle morning. Following our normal Early Morning Activity (EMA) and breakfast, the Youth Crew were mustered on the port side of the bridge and introduced to the traditional ceremony of colours (raise flags and sing National Anthem with gusto!!!) followed by morning brief then cleaning stations. On completion of these activities lines were cast-off and Young Endeavour departed her berth at Queens Wharf. Whilst transiting out of Newcastle Harbour ���Captain Safety’ provided a very comprehensive safety brief on all of the Ships safety equipment. On passing Nobby’s Head and entering open water, sail was set and a course shaped to the north east. As the forecast for the following 48 hours was for moderate – strong south westerly winds I decided for this voyage that we would head north along the NSW Central Coast to South West Rocks which will be our first anchorage of the voyage. Under the guidance of their watch leaders, the Youth Crew spent the rest of the afternoon conducting setting and furling drills and learning the many intricacies of tall ship sailing. Despite a few cases of seasickness by late afternoon they had managed to set and furl most sails and complete their first tack as a crew. Early evening saw all of the Youth Crew settle into their watches for the night whilst the Ship continues to make good ground to the north. Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


32° 40' South / 152° 22' East


At present we are located 8nm to the north east of Nelson Bay and still experiencing moderate ��� strong south westerly winds with a 2-3m SW swell.