Captain's Log
2 April 2003

Perseverence, Imagination and Diligence

Situation at 21:00- The Youth Crew stood on in command of the Ship overnight. At 05:45 wakey wakey was piped in preparation for an early start withthe Beach Assault Team. At 07:00, four members of the Youth Crew rowed ashore onto Balmoral Beach and under the YOUNG ENDEAVOUR house flag, claimed the area in the name of the youth of Australia. They convinced 16 local residents to join them in singing the national anthem, which was radioed live back to the remainder of the Ship’s Comapany onboard. At 09:00 command day concluded with a small ceremony where the symbol of authority, the telescope, was turned back over to Captain John. The Youth Crew had successfully sailed the Ship and achieved as many of the tasks set out for them as possible.Throughout the day they put into place both the sailing and organisational skills necessary to work within a team setting toachieve a complex task. They are to be congratulated for their perseverance, imagination and diligence.The final round of rope races was won by Red Watch. They will have the honour of manning the T’Gallant yard when the Ship berthsfor the final time of the voyage tomorrow afternoon. Next on the agenda was harbour furling the square sails. This is done in order to protect the sails from the elements between voyages. At 12:15 we weighed anchor and proceeded alongside Garden Island, arriving there at 13:00. The afternoon was spent debriefing the Youth Crew on theircommand day experience. This is a very important phase of command day. It involves critically analysing the day and looking forways of transferring positive attributes into the Youth Crew’s future lives. This may be a renewed determination to succeed at something, or a willingness to take on a new challenge. The evening was spent completing administrative tasks such as the voyage critique.Overnight the Youth Crew will remain in sea watches, which will give them an extended opportunity to exchange contact detailsand say goodbye to one another. Tommorrow YOUNG ENDEAVOUR will be the launch platform for national youth week, and the Ship will host the Federal Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, as well as numerous other dignitaries and celebrities. We will be taking them for a two- hour sail, so the Youth Crew will be able to show off their skills.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: During the voyage Chef Polly cooked three nutritious and balanced meals every day. This required:10 kg of Barramundi, 12 kg of oven fried chips, 20 dozen eggs, 20 kg of bread mix and 25 loafs of assorted bread, 35 kg of potatoes, 14 kg of sausages, 40 kg of beef, 12 kg of chicken, 18 kg of pork, 19 kg oflamb, 8 kg of pumpkin, 2 kg of snow peas, 10 kg of carrots, 10 kg of tomatoes, 15 heads of lettuce and…..30 LITRES OF ICE CREAM.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Belaying Pin- A removable wooden, steel or bronze pin that is slotted into a hole in the pin or fiferail, and about which sheets, halyards and braces are made fast. Dead- Light- A shutter of wood or steel for sealing a vessel’s windows and scuttles against the sea and light.Thought of the Day: Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness, on the happinessof others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means but as itself an ideal end. Aimingthus at something else, they find happiness by the way. John Stuart Mill.Yours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RAN


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Alongside Garden Island in Sydney Harbour. Wind:light airs, Cloud: 5/8, Temp:22c.