Captain's Log
2 June 2009

Parade of Sail

Ahoy Shipmates, Following a good night’s sleep the YC arose to overcast but fine Hobart morning. After morning brief the YC turned to and gave the ship a really good internal and external clean in preparation for the Wooden Boat Festival Parade of Sail. At 1100 we embarked a small number of Tasmanian guests then weighed anchor and commenced the short passage down the Derwent River to John Garrow Light were we rendezvoused with Tall Ships James Craig, Lady Nelson, Windward Bound, Enterprize and a large flotilla of classic wooden boats and spectator craft. Just after midday all ships took station astern of James Craig and the parade of sail commenced. In relatively light conditions, Young Endeavour immediately set a full press of sail and positioned herself in the middle of the flotilla ensuring that we had sufficient room to manoeuvre once we increased speed. Throughout the parade the wind progressively strengthened and both our guests and the spectator fleet were treated to an impressive display of sail handling by the Youth Crew. To ensure that the large groups of the shore bound spectators of the festival did not miss out we also conducted two high speed tacks within the confines of Sullivans Cove, demonstrating both the speed and manoeuvrability of this well designed ship. On completion of the parade we shaped a new course for Sandy Bay and progressively shortened in sail as we approached our anchorage. YE completed her Wooden Boat Parade of Sail commitments when she sailed quietly to anchor just of the Hobart Casino at 1400. Once guests were disembarked, the Youth Crew enjoyed a specially prepared afternoon tea before laying aloft to put sea furls on all squares and the mainsail. That evening with the Hobart Casino as our back drop we enjoyed another ���teak deck BBQ�� which was followed by the classic Tall Ship movie ���Around Cape Horn�� (complete with hot popcorn). Following the movie an extremely happy but very tired Youth Crew turned in for the night.Until Tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


42° 53' South / 147° 20' East


Currently at anchor in Sandy Bay, Hobart and experiencing light SE winds