Captain's Log
24 March 2003

Swinging from Anchor

Situation at 21:00: Voyage 07/03 commenced when a full complement of Youth Crew joined and the Ship sailed from Station Pier at 16:00. There was an abundance of family members and friends on hand to wave Bon Voyage as we backed away from our berth. The Staff Crew for the voyage is made up of: Captain John, Executive Officer Paul (Chooka), Navigator Aaron (Bullet), Watch Officer Luke (Lukish), Red Watch Leader Simon (Stewy), White Watch Leader Michael (Dutchy), Blue Watch LeaderChantal (Channie), Engineer Greg (Rags) and Chef Chris (Polly).We made the short transit from the berth to our anchorage, and by 16:30 were safely swinging from our anchor. The first day’sactivities commenced immediately,with ‘Icebreakers’ providing theopportunity to get to know one another. The Watch Leaders took the Youth Crew on a tour of the Ship, showing them all spaces and knooks and crannies. Chef Polly made a big first impression with his Spag Bol for supper.After supper, Captain John and XO Chooka delivered their welcome aboard talks. These outlined what to expect during the voyageas well as some of the do’s and don’ts to be followed onboard. After a brief on how to wear the fall arrest harness and safely climb, the Youth Crew completed their first trip aloft. They each climbed up the port ratlines, over the lower top and down the starboard ratlines.This showed that they all have the ability to overcome any fear of heights they may have and accept the challenge of working aloft. A mug of hot Kye greeted them back on deck.The first watch has closed up and the other two have gone below to catch a few hours sleep. Overnight each watch will conducttheir second climb aloft, this time to the Topsail and T’Gallant yardarms. The watches will also complete a full value contractstating the goals they plan on achieving during the voyage. The next 24 hours will be a very demanding time for the Youth Crew as they adjust to shipboard living.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship is fitted with two 444 kg Stokes cast steel anchors. Each anchor is attached to five shackles (450 feet) of 17.5 mm steel cable. YOUNG ENDEAVOUR has anchored in winds in excess of 50 knots without dragging anchor.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Ratline- One of a series of rope or wooden steps up the shrouds of a mast by which the crew climb from the deck to the yards. Top (as in upper or lower)- A platform in the rigging of square-rigged Ships whose main purpose is to extend the shrouds to give additional support to the mast.Thought of the Day: Why should we be in such haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace withhis companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau.Yours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RAN


37° 51' South / 144° 56' East


At anchor off Port Melbourne. Wind: Sou' East at 10 knots, Cloud: 2/8, Temp:20c.