Captain's Log
V 06/16
24 March 2016

Voyage 06/17 Day 5

Ahoy there Shipmates,

We had a great night at anchor in Nelsons Bay, with the light and variable winds having no effect on the ship as we rode securely on the anchor overnight. Youth Crew got their first experience of anchor watches, during which they were responsible for monitoring the safety of the Ship through the night.

Wakey wakey over the Ship’s broadcast stirred those, not on watch, out of their slumber at 0630 and motivated everyone to get up on deck for morning activity, which consisted of a quick game of ‘Knights, Mounts and Cavaliers’.

After a hearty breakfast, courtesy of Jenko and his helpers, the crew mustered on the bridge for the ceremony of ‘Colours’ at 0800. The staffies added a twist by singing the usual Advance Australia Fair first verse to the tune of ‘Working Class Man’. Unfortunately our singing talents didn’t allow the youthies to recognise the tune! This was followed by morning brief, which included Salty’s explanation of the origin of another nautical expression ‘to shake a leg’. We were then paid a visit for the first time by Nana who gave the crew a reminder on the importance of tidiness and cleanliness onboard. She had with her a sack full of clothing she had tidied-up from the youthies accommodation. After that she added the first song, ‘Crabs and Sea Shells’, to our repertoire.

The crew then launched into ‘Happy Hour’ to ensure the Ship was clean and tidy. This was followed by my presentation on Sail Theory. The aim of this brief was to equip the crew with some basic knowledge on the requirements of the Young Endeavour sail plan as well as the wind limitations of the different sails, which will be necessary knowledge for the Youth Crew on Command Day.

The Sail Master and I then decided it was time to break-out the rope swing for the first time on the voyage and we opened the ‘big pool’ for a quick 15 minute swim. After lunch we weighed anchor and departed Port Stephens and put to sea. As soon as the Ship was in open water we conducted rotational tacks to allow the watches to see what the other watches did at their Tacking Stations. This is also part of the preparation for Command Day.

On completion we held round two of Rope Races and then the watches laid-aloft to cast-loose gaskets from all three square sails, which were then set for our overnight passage towards Broken Bay.

Until tomorrow evening.

Yours Aye

Captain Mike


33 00.1 S / 152 02.1 E


Wind 090 at 8 knots, Weather: fine, Swell: 1.5 metres from the East, Waves: 0.5 metres from the East, Temp 19 deg C