Captain's Log
8 April 2002

Rolling in the Swells

Current situation at 1800: The YC Command Day went well. There were some worried brows when the wind died and left the ship rolling in the swells. Lucky we caught a couple of sharks to take their minds off the lack of wind.Late in the evening the wind appeared and we were off sailing around Encounter Bay through three waypoints the YC managed to sail to. In the morning we were back in Victor, victorious. I resumed Command and we sailed in company with the other Tall Ships to the exact location that Englishman Flinders and Frenchman Baudin met two hundred years ago to the day, hour and minute. There at rest all four Tall Ships and a French frigate congregated within 100 metres of each other to witness One and All drop a time capsule (a concrete sea marker) to commemorate the historic meeting.Then we were off again with a bone in our mouth, galloping across the Bay to Backstairs Passage and on to Adelaide. It’s been a long day but we are planning on taking it easy over the next day while we sail to port.Youth Crew entry by: Mei French, 20, Belair (same place as the Captain), SAIt’s hard to pinpoint a specific event that has been the highlight of this voyage. The command day yesterday was a very challenging, but definitely successful exercise for the Youth Crew. Our Beach Assault Team (BAT) got the day off to a wonderful start, mustering around 1000 people in Victor Harbour to sing the National Anthem for the youth of Australia. Sailing was a slightly more difficult exercise, but when we finally got some wind, it was great (although somewhat stressful) to be able to pull together as a team and test our new knowledge. As a Watch Officer on command day I felt under some pressure to perform, as I know many others in our crew did, but it was most rewarding to have the ship under control and to reach our checkpoints. Besides Command Day, I have really enjoyed taking time out with other Youth Crew members and getting to know the other people on board. I would say we have been quite resourceful in entertaining ourselves: cleaning the ship in fancy dress, body painting using various kitchen supplies, magic tricks and mind games with the staff crew. All these things make up for constant lack of sleep and a day of seasickness onWednesday.I think we were most fortunate to be involved with Encounter 2002. Although we may have been able to follow a longer route without our commitments in the festival, it was definitely a plus to be part of such a big event. When we went ashore at Victor Harbour, people were very friendly and aware of what we were doing. It also helped our BAT muster so many people on command day.Being part of the Youth Crew of Young Endeavour has taught me a lot about teamwork, and the importance of every member of a team. It has also shown me that it is possible to learn a huge amount in a short time, and that if 24 young people put our minds together, we can do anything. I don’t think anything else has been able to show me the value of a sense of humour and cheer as well as this voyage.Stay tuned,Andrew R. Davis


35° 40' South / 138° 5'


At sea off Cape Jervis, under fore and aft sail, making ground to Adelaide. Temp 21C, wind westerly at 12 knots