Captain's Log
8 July 2011


Ahoy there everyone, Overnight the ship remained underway sailing north paralleling the NSW central coast 30 miles to seaward. After wakey wakey and the standard morning routine I assessed each watch executing setting and furling drills 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 without their Watch Leaders, displaying high standards of teamwork, communication, knowledge and safety.After lunch the ship entered Port Stephens and anchored in scenic Nelson Bay, The Youth Crew were then transferred ashore in the sea boat to conduct a team sports activity before returning to the ship for Engineer Mick’s next round of rope races which saw the non disappear from the non-competitive title as the watches gained confidence in the lay out and terminology of the ship in order to locate the various nominated items.Another BBQ was consumed for dinner, this time below decks due to intermittent rain showers. This was followed by the Youth Crew electing their Command Team for the following day when they will take control of the ship for 24 hours in the capable hands of Youth Captain Tony and his team. 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.Our last seven days at sea had seen a significant development 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 from the pen of Captain Tony, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


32°42's / 152°8'e


2100 at anchor - weather overcast scattered showers, wind N 6 knots, swell nil, temperature 15 degrees, barometer 1014 hpa