Captain's Log
1 June 2008

Storm Bay

Ahoy Shipmates,This morning saw everybody awake and on deck at 0630 for some early morning games followed by a normal hearty YOUNG ENDEAVOUR breakfast. Following morning brief and the ceremony of Colours (raise flags and sing National Anthem), the Youth Crew tackled their first happy hour (cleaning stations) with great enthusiasm and before long the ship was sparkling (shipshape). We then weighed anchor and departed Sandy Bay and proceeded down the Derwent River and out into Storm Bay. The rest of the morning was spent setting and furling sails and learning the intricacies of tall ship sailing. By early afternoon Storm Bay was living up to its reputation with the wind strengthening from the southwest. By late afternoon we were experiencing wind gusts of up to 45kts and a 2m swell. Storm sails were quickly set and the training program suspended for a few hours until we safely passed soth of Tasman Island and altered course to the northeast and commenced our passage up the East Coast of Tasmania. At the moment the winds are beginning to moderate and we are just about to set the Topsail (middle square sail) and hand-in our storm sails. If these conditions continue we should have a relatively comfortable nights sail and should reach our first anchorage position in Wineglass Bay sometime early tomorrow morning. All Youth Crew have now settled into Watches for the night and are experiencing some interesting sailing. Yours Aye,Captain Gav


42° 52' South / 148° 15' East


Currently experiencing wind from the southwest at 20kts with a 2m following swell