Captain's Log
17 September 2001

The Happiest Cows in Australia

For most of last night we had great sailing conditions with about 20-25 knots of wind from the west. Conditions were so good that we decided to make an effort to get down to King Island and sample some fine cheeses and visit the kelp farm, suspended lake and to say hello to the happiest cows in Australia.Unfortunately, at about 0330 the wind dropped off to about ten knots and while we could have made it to KI (we were within 15nm and could see the lighthouse flashing) we decided that it would be a bit too far to get back to Melbourne by Wednesday in the light airs. We turned north and mid afternoon arrived here in the beautiful Loutit Bay.The youth crew have now elected their own command team and are busying themselves with preparations for the sail to Melbourne through the treacherous ‘Rip’ at the entrance to Port Phillip. I’ll let them tell you more about it and get back to you all tomorrow.Until then, we are in safe handsMatthew RoweYouth crew entry by Damien Moriarty 20 Darwin.So far it has been a very busy and challenging trip for me – only a few days ago we started from Adelaide, and since then we have been busy learning all aspects of the ship. I have found the learning curve has been steep but very rewarding. All of this learning had to go somewhere though, so the youth crew now have control of the ship.This culminates in us the youth crew right now busy planning our way to get from Lorne (very pretty tourist town) to Melbourne. I am a watch leader in this crew, with my mighty green watch (Erin, Georgie, Laura, Luke and Mark) helping the effort. Hopefully the winds will prevail for our crew, which is led by ‘Captain’ Drago, and directed by ‘Navigator’ Amanda, to succeed in getting to Port Phillip Bay on time.Hi to all my family back in the Northern Territory, I am having a fantastic time on the Young Endeavour ��� DamienYouth crew entry by Georgie Ngatai 16, Mildura, Victoria.Well it’s been 7 gruelling days for me so far. With the first four days spewing my poor little guts out (literally) but after those four days, it all got pretty good. It’s hard tiring work but you work with pretty cool people (well mostly) and that makes it heaps easier. I thought this trip would be a breeze, but I usually find most things out the hard way. It’s been a really good experience for me and so far I’ve learnt that sleep is a very precious thing. The weather here has been the most unpredictable thing for me, one day you’ve got a 4.5 metre swell and that’s really disturbing if you’re trying to sleep. But today it’s been the most beautiful weather and we just kicked back and had a little fun. I’m in the one and only red watch (go the reddies) and our team members have been absolutely awesome, they’re so helpful and I wanna thank you guys and Aaron, I guess you’re all right.Im gonna end it now and say hi to the most beautiful people in the world at Merbein Secondary College (you know who yous are) and my beautiful mum and dad…Georgie


38° 32' South / 144° 0'


Captain's Log for Monday 17 September 2001Situation at 1800: at anchor in Loutit Bay, near Lorne on the Great Ocean Road, Vic. Wind 250 light and variable. Temp 14c.