Captain's Log
18 February 2006


Hello Everyone,We are in the middle of a high pressure system mid-Tasman, and arealmost half way home to Australia. Yesterday we motorsailed in calmconditions, and had a rule of the road lecture, rope races, and allwatches climbed aloft to set then furl all sail as the light windcame and then went again. We are now at stage two of the voyage,where all Youth Crew are able to work aloft without supervision.Overnight the wind came up from the north at about ten knots, whichhas allowed us to motorsail again at a steady 9 1/2 knots (about 18km/h). Today we had a very entertaining morning brief from WhiteWatch, an impromptu man overboard exercise when Gilbert the footballwas lost over the side, followed by a swim in the middle of theTasman in water 2,500m deep – over the heads of everyone who wentin.For the remainder of the day we will finish off Happy Hour, whichtodaqy is a deck scrub day (swab them decks, you scurvy dogs…) tobe finished off with rotational tacks, where every watch tacks theship from another watches’s tacking station, to see how the otherhalf live.Until tomorrow, Me Hearties,Until tomorrow,Yours Aye,ChrisChris GallowayLieutenant Commander, RANCommanding OfficerSTS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR


39°22's / 165°19'e


A steady 9 1/2 knots