Captain's Log
17 December 2002

Shaking Out the Cobwebs

Situation at 20:00: Overnight the watches took their turns climbing aloft to the T’Gallant and Topsail yards, as well as formally setting personal goals for the voyage. All hands were called on deck at 06:30 for some early morning activity designed to shake out the cobwebs and get the blood flowing.Once breakfast was finished, the first morning brief of the voyage commenced. Salty Sea Dog Chooka enlightened us on the nautical origins of the saying ‘Son of a Gun’, thanks Stewy. Engineer Simon reaped a large harvest for his scran bag and as a result all but one of the Youth Crew had to pay the Piper. Happy hour was the next item on today’s menu and before long the Ship was clean from stem to stern.At 09:30 we weighed anchor, cleared Sydney Heads and immediately started on setting and furling drills. Once the Youth Crew proved themselves capable of handling the sails, they were piped to tacking stations for a series of tacks and wears. Somewhere in this process Chef Stony provided a terrific lunch.The last major activity of the day was the first session of ‘Rope Races’, conducted by Engineer Stewy . The first watch has closed up and we are shaping a course to the Nor’ East in order to clear the shore and work our way upwind of Broken Bay, where we hope to spend a few hours tomorrow playing sport and enjoying a Barbeque.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship is constructed to Lloyd’s 100A1 LMC specifications for use as a sail training ship. She is currently in survey for Lloyd’s as well as the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Tacks- Lines secured to the clew of the course (lower square sail) which lead forward and are used when sailing close hauled. Beating- To sail as close as possible to the wind. The sheets of the sails are heaved in as far as possible.Thought of the day: I’ve always believed that no matter how many shots I miss, I’m going to make the next one. Isiah ThomasYours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RAN


33° 47' South / 151° 23' East


At sea under four sails in position. Wind: East at 12 kts, Temp:23 c, 7/8 cloud.