Captain's Log
7 February 2009

Sailing, South of Percy Islands

Hi Everyone, Welcome to day three of our voyage. At sunrise this morning Young Endeavour was located 20nm to the north west of the Percy Island group still enjoying a light north westerly with warm conditions. At 0700 we were joined by HMAS Bunbury ( new ARMIDALE Patrol Boat) who much to the enjoyment of all those awake did a spectacular high speed lap of the ship before detaching and making her way into Mackay. Following breakfast and morning brief it was straight back into our sail training program with all of the watches given the opportunity to set and furl most sails. Early afternoon saw the Youth Crew compete in their first set of ���semi competitive’ set of rope races, this activity teaches the YC how to locate the many ropes that we have onboard YE. On completion of this activity all hands were called to tacking stations and the YC proved that they had paid particular good attention to their Watch Leaders by completing their first set of tacks as a crew. To complete this drill I initiated a man overboard exercise (only throwing a life ring over the side) so that the YC could be given the experience of handing in all sail and recovering someone from the water. To finish of a very busy afternoon we all enjoyed a refreshing swim in 50m of crystal clear water followed by a very informative navigation lecture given by Adam the Ships Nav. As the forecast for this evening is for a southerly change we have planned to continue to head south until the change comes through then we will tack ship and alter course back to the north shaping a new course for Middle Percy Island, which is our planned anchorage for tomorrow. Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


21° 41' South / 150° 5' East


Currently located10nm SW of the percy Islands and enjoying light 8kt NW winds with nil swell.