Captain's Log
19 May 2003

The Belief that I Can Do It

Situation at 20:00- Twenty-four Youth Crew joined and the Ship got underway from Dockside Marina at 16:00 as planned. As soon as we were underway theYouth Crew started their first activity, icebreakers, designed to help them get to know one another. An hour later we came alongside the Wharf at Bulimba and tours of the Ship commenced. Before long Captain John and Executive Officer Chooka had delivered their welcome aboard talks, briefing the Youth Crew on whatto expect and the do’s and don’ts onboard. Chef Stony impressed the Youth Crew with a terrific supper before they were called on deck again to receive their climbing safety briefing. The Youth Crew have just completed their first climb aloft, this time to the lower top and they are all pretty pleased withachieving this first challenge. They are enjoying a mug of Kye and a snack prior to the first watch closing up. Overnight they will complete their second climb, to the Top’Gallant yardarm, as well as complete the ‘Full Value Contract’ with their watch leaders. It will be a busy time completing all that is required but they are all keen.The Staff Crew for the voyage consists of Captain John, Executive Officer Paul (Chooka), Navigator Phil (Spanky), WatchOfficer Luke (Lukish), White Watch Leader Michael (Dutchy), Blue Watch Leader Cantal (Channie), Red Watch Leader Sherri-Lea (Shez), Engineer Greg (Rags), Chef Ben (Stony) and Assistant Red Watch LeaderAlister (Taff). All hands are looking forward to an exciting and fun voyage as we work our way north into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: The Ship is manned by officers and sailors of the Royal Australian Navy. Nine personnel, out of a total of thirteen posted to the Ship, form the Staff Crew for each voyage. This comprises the Captain, three Lieutenants as Watchkeepers, three Sailors as Watch Leaders an Engineer and a Chef. All Staff Crew gothrough a suitability assessment onboard and have background checks conducted on them before being eligible for a posting to YOUNGENDEAVOUR. The Staff Crew comes from all parts of the Navy and bring a wide range of experiences to the Ship.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Yard- A spar that crosses a mast and from which a square sail is carried. YOUNG ENDEAVOUR has three yards whose names relate to the sails that are set from them, the T’Gallant (the uppermost yard), the Topsail and the Course. Ratlines-The ladder like pieces of wood attached to the foremast shrouds, used to climb aloft. Thought of the Day: If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have itat the beginning. Ghandi Yours, Aye John CowanLCDR, RAN


27° 27' South / 153° 4' East


Alongside the RAN Wharf at Bulimba Barracks. Wind: Nor'East at 5 knots, Temp:24c, cloud: 2/8.