STANDBY TO TACK SHIP
Situation at 20:00 -Last night the weather conditions made for an uncomfortable anchorage. The Youth Crew all completed the full value contractagreeing to rules of behaviour and participation. They also completed their second climb aloft, this time to the Topsail and T’Gallant yards.At 06:30 all hands were piped on deck for early morning activity. This included a brisk power walk around the upperdeckfollowed by some games designed to help learn each other’s names. After a shower and breakfast, it was time for morning brief. This started with the ceremony of colours and signing the National Anthem. XO Chooka outlined the plan for the day before handing over to Chef Polly and Engineer Stewy. They each covered the rules pertaining to their respective parts-of-ship. The Youth Crew then divided into males and females for the only time during the voyage. The briefingthey received covered issues such as mutual respect, standards of behaviour and what they should do if they are uncomfortable withanyone or any activity during the voyage. After morning brief it was time for happy hour. Before long the Ship was sparkling from stem to stern and XO Chooka was all grin. The remainder of the forenoon wasdedicated to a lecture from ‘Captain Safety’. This was a detailed explanation of all of the safety equipment onboard, and theoccassions and method for their use.After lunch the watches went through the deck safety and line handling briefing. In order to safely handle the sails and rigging,there are some basic procedures and techniques that must be followed.This important briefing was completed at 14:30 when Captain John presented the first of the sailing theory lectures. This will form the foundation of the skills the Youth Crew will need next week when they are placed in command of YOUNG ENDEAVOUR for a 24 hour period. At 15:30 the Ship weighed anchor and shaped a course to weather CapeGrafton. The next two hours was dedicated to setting and furling practise. The last activity of the day was tacking drills. It islikely that all hands will be called on deck during the night in order to tack the Ship. The Youth Crew now havew a basicunderstanding of what is expected of them during this complex evolution.Overnight the Youth Crew will learn how to steer the Ship as well as complete below deck rounds. There are several green faces,but all hands seem to be adapting well to life at sea. The forecast is for the weather to improve late tomorrow, so with any luck weshould start to experience the conditions that Far Northern Queensland is famous for.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship has three square sails, each carried from its own yard. The largest and lowest is the Course. The other two are the Topsail and the T’Gallant. There is a total of 13 sails available for use in almost any weather condition. These range from the Drifter, used in very light winds, to the Storm Jiband Trysail, used during heavy weather.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Sheets- lines attached to the clew of sails and used to control their horizontal movement. Halliards-lines attached to the head of sails and used to control their vertical movement.Thought of the day: When the morning’s freshness has been replaced by the weariness of mid-day, when the leg muscles quiverunder the strain, the climb seems endless, and, suddenly, nothing will go quite as you wish-it is then that you must not hesitate. Dag Hammarskjold.Yours, AyeJohn Cowan,LCDR, RAN
At sea under three sails. Wind: Sou'East at 30 kts, Temp: 22c, Cloud: 8/8 in scattered showers.
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