Situation at 20:00-. Overnight all hands endured a very uncomfortable ride with high wind and seas making movement around the Ship difficult. The upperdeck (except the Bridge) was out of bounds and the watch-on-deck concentrated on staying as warm and dry as possible. Despite the conditions, all hands performed well and helped each other through a challenging time.At morning brief Salty Sea Dog Loz (with the help of an able assistant) showed us the origin of a Ship’s figurehead. EngineerStewy made a good haul for the ‘scran bag’and before long the bridge was alive with the sound of singing. At 10:00 YOUNG ENDEAVOUR anchored in Jervis Bay and the many green faces onboard soon regainedtheir regular colour.Just before lunch, Captain John led an animated discussion on sailing theory and how sails are used to drive the Ship forward. As soon as the Galley and Cafe were squared away after lunch, the Youth Crew were ferried ashore for an afternoon on the beach at HMAS CRESWELL. The water was a bit cold but the sport proved to be a lot of fun. Once they were back onboard the Youth Crew went aloft for a climb and a chance for some action photos.Chef Stony prepared a magnificant Barbeque supper complete with steak and seafood. This was followed by the three-way talks where each member of the Youth Crew have to learn the life story of two others, and then relate the story of one of them to the rest of the Ship’s Company. This proved to be a lot of fun. It seems that the Ship is full of ‘Lord of the Rings’ fans. The anchor watches have been assigned but with only an hour each on watch, all hands will getthe chance to catch up on some of the sleep lost over the last two days.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR FACT FILE: The Ship carries 13,000 litres of fresh water and has the capacity to make up to 4,800 litres per daythrough reverse osmosis. Despite this, showers are limited to 90 seconds worth of water, twice per day.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR GLOSSARY: Footropes- Wireropes suspended under the yards on stirrups for the crew to stand on when working aloft. Flemish Horse- Short footropes at the yardarms(the ends of the yards)Thought of the day- Everything can be found at sea, according to the spirit of your quest. Joseph Conrad.Yours, AyeJohn CowanLCDR, RANHi everyone in Hervey Bay…its Tor here at Jervis bay about to go on watch..I’ve been having a great time and more yet to come…went through a storm last nite and it was very exhilerating…see all you guys soon…Tor.
At anchor in Jervis Bay. Wind South at 30 kts. Sky 7/8 overcast. Temp 18c.
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Day 2 found the ship tucked away nice and snug in the lee of the lovely, Mud Island in Moreton Bay. Hands were called at 0630 and the youth crew's presence was kindly requested topside for a bit of move and shake, for our first early morning activity. Then it was away to wash and eat before morning brief took place on the bridge after the formalities of our Colours ceremony at 0800. Dion hatched the plan for the day and then Theresa (our lifesaving and safety equipment expert) took charge for a collective closer look at said lifesaving equipment. Whilst that was happening, remaining staff weighed anchor under a gorgeous blue and sun drenched day and we commenced our pilotage out of Moreton Bay - with Emma the Navigator as our trusty Pilot. Once Theresa had completed her briefing, youth crew turned-to cleaning stations, or as we call it, "happy hour". Whales, turtles and dolphins frolicked as we sailed past them and then out into the Coral Sea we went. A large cargo ship tooted their horn, 'adieu', and we responded in kind. All the while our sea puppies set and furled the sails, had a wee break for lunch, then continued with same all afternoon. Finally, when watch leaders gave me the nod, I gave Dion a wink and he called the ship to tacking stations. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, it was with almost mechanical precision that this youth crew of ours, performed their duties in a well oiled fashion, and they did tack this ship, back and forth, several times to drill and practice the required actions to manouevre this beautiful ship through the wind. I was well impressed. Bravo I said, then Dion stood them down for half an hour. Dinner was taken at 1715, then the youth crew turned-to sea watches, to assist with navigational safety overnight, whilst the others slept soundly. Each watch would take a four hour trick to follow the navigation plan by helm, keep lookout duties and conduct hourly rounds throughout the night. Additionally they would consolidate sail handling and climbing procedures. If they didn't know, now they know - This here is a working ship and we have no passengers embarked. Captain Adam Charlie Farley+