Captain's Log
18 February 2003

The View of A Lifetime

Situation at 20:00- Well what a day it has been! Today commenced at 0630 with an early morning wake up call courtesy of Red Watch and was quicklyfollowed up with a few activities designed to get the blood pumping. Morning routine followed, including a lovely breakfast spread, showers and the YC generally steeling themselves for Day 2 of the voyage. At 0800 we all gathered at the bridge for our flag ceremony and then the inaugural morning brief for the voyage.The YC quickly followed up morning brief by cleaning the Ship and having morning tea before weighing anchor at 1020 and proceedingto sea. Once the anchor had been brought home and the ‘Bilge Iguana’ laid to rest, it was time to get into some more sail training. Over the next four hours, the YC were taken through the setting and furling procedures for each of the major sails onboard.At 1545 XO Bullet made the pipe ‘Hands to Tacking Stations’. It was time to consolidate and put into practice all the training that the YC had done to this point, by conducting some tacking drills. The YC used the opportunity to prove to me that they had absorbed much of what had been taught and were capable, if required,of getting up in the middle of the night and tacking the Ship. This is an important milestone in the context of the voyage.With the wind from the Sou’ West and up around 25 Knots, it is a very tired YC that finished the day’s work at 1645. They haveall been retired for tea and closed up into their night watches. Overnight should see a significant amount of sail handling andconsolidation of the YC’s ship knowledge, during their four hour watches.Youth Crew Entry from Kurt Barker, 16 of Wynyard, TAS:Hey Mum, Dad and Jess, last night was an absolute ball, we had the shift from 8pm till 12. We managed to climb to the top of the mast and get the view of a life time. We are currently 25 miles off Burnie and sailing in rough but fun conditions to Stanley. It’s also been pretty good to know that I’m not one of the ten or so people withtheir heads hanging over the Side! Look forward to seeing you at the end of the voyage, take care.KurtYOUNG ENDEAVOUR Mariner Speak:BRIGHTWORK: The short nautical term for Brass. This term refers to all the brasswork around the Ship that is polished ‘bright’ on a regular basis. Thought of the Day:>> ‘If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life he imagines, he will meetwith success unexpected in common hours.’- Henry David ThoreauMore To Follow,Paul Barrie, RANLieutenantActing Commanding Officer


40° 39' South / 145° 50' East


At Sea 25 NM north of Burnie. Wind from Sou' West @ 25 kts.