Captain's Log
18 January 2009


Ahoy Shipmates,This morning was fine with a light sea fog covering the Tamar River. After an Early Morning Activity (EMA) at 0630 and breakfast, the YC were introduced to the ceremony of colours (raise flag and sing National Anthem) before turning to for their first set of cleaning stations (happy hour). My decision to remain alongside overnight proved to be a good one with the morning conditions perfect for our departure. At 1000 lines were cast off and Young Endeavour departed her berth at York Cove and transited the short distance to Bryans Bay, coming safely to anchor at 1025. Under the guidance of their watch leaders, the YC spent the remainder of the morning and part of the afternoon practising line handling and deck safety. At 1500 the anchor was weighed and the ship departed her anchorage, proceeding out of the Tamar River and into Bass Strait. During the latter part of the afternoon an enthusiastic YC engaged in setting and furling drills, culminating in their first tacks (put the bow through the wind) as a crew shortly after 1700. With moderate to strong north westerly winds forecast for the next 24 hours I decided to shape a course for the Sister Islands (located at the northern point of Flinders Island) which after a good night at sea will provide a good anchorage and an interesting shore visit for the Youth Crew.Following another great dinner (not enjoyed by all due to a small amount of seasickness) the YC have now settled into sea watches for the evening and will continue to learn new skills throughout the night.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


40°39's / 146°56'e


At present YOUNG ENDEAVOUR is located 25nm to the north east of Low Head sailing perfectly under a 20kt north westerly making good a speed of 6kts.