Captain's Log
8 May 2011


Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day five with the ship at anchor in Broken Bay, the morning commenced with a rousing tune from Sail Master Tug who allowed everyone to sleep in until 0730, then with everyone mustered on deck, it was hard to account for everyone as the ship was shrouded in a heavy fog. Breakfast was a BBQ on deck followed by the normal morning routine of morning brief, then as the sun burnt away the last remnants of mist the Young Endeavour pool was opened for an invigorating plunge into the surrounding waters, somersaulting from the course yard rope swing or diving from the bow sprit.The ship received her daily cleanse at happy hour before we weighed anchor and proceeded out of Broken Bay returning to the Tasman Sea, once again observing pods of migrating whales accompanied by exuberant dolphins. All fore and aft sails were set in light conditions as we shaped a course to the east in the prevailing north easterly winds.After another magnificent lunch by Chef Squizzy, Engineer Mick facilitated the next round of rope races as the watches each attempted to be the first to locate the nominated items on the upper decks. I then presented a lesson on sail theory in order to consolidate the practical aspects of the deck and sail work that they have conducted over the previous five days.From this location the ship then conducted a series of rotational tacks. This activity required the three Youth Crew watches to rotate through each of the tacking station positions enabling each member to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how the sails and yards are handled during this important manoeuvring evolution.After a magnificent dinner, framed with a spectacular sunset the Youth Crew settled into sea watches overnight as the ship beat north against the prevailing winds and East Australian current. Overnight each watch will be challenged with teamwork and leadership exercise during their four hour watch. As the voyage continues to gain momentum, the Youth Crew have progressed enormously, individually, as a watch and collectively as a crew. Many have achieved goals they would never have thought possible at the commencement of the voyage showing true perseverance, determination and commitment.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


33°37's / 151°55'e


2300 at sea - weather scattered cloud, wind NW 17 knots, swell NE 1.0 metre, temperature 17 degrees, barometer 1022 hpa