Captain's Log
5 April 2013

Voyage 7/13 Day 7 – Sea to Mooloolaba

Ahoy there Shipmates,Overnight the ship continued motor-sailing towards Mooloolaba. The wind had died completely during the first watch so we had handed-in all sail with the exception of the centred Main Staysail. Apart from preparations for my Captain’s Setting and Furling, scheduled for first thing this morning, that gave the watches some things to do overnight, including laying aloft to gasket the square sails.Red Watch sang the attached Wakey Wakey song at 0700, shortly after which I commenced Captain’s Setting and Furling Drills, which enable me to evaluate each watch’s ability to safely set and furl sails, without staff present. This is a requirement before progressing to Command Day. All three watches passed the assessment. While they were still on a high after their success in the morning assessment, I gave the youth crew my Captain’s challenge, which was to set all the fore-and-aft sails, without any input from staff, within 45 min. This they easily completed safely and competently.We then headed in to Mooloolaba, anchoring in the SW corner of the bay. After lunch we put the Youthies ashore onto the beach to play some sport organised by Super-numery Adrian. Everyone returned onboard by 1500 and we then rigged the rope swing and opened the ‘pool’ for a couple of hours. At 1730 I briefed the youth crew on the aims and requirements of Command Day, which is planned to occur between 9am tomorrow (Sun 05) and 9am Mon 06. They were then given 45 min to conduct their Command Day elections, the results of which are as follows:Captain: Joshua O’ReganSail Master: Tyler ThorogoodNavigator: Meg RiceWatch Leaders: Jacob McCalman, Joseph Cotton & Joseph GoughWatch Officers: Ashleigh Clarke, Jack Williams & Paula KeenChefs: Ellen Rothery-Small, Corey Cheeseman & Allana ParkerCongratulations to all members of the Youth Crew for what they have achieved in the Voyage so far and to those successful office holders for Command Day.After dinner we screened the film ‘Around Cape Horn’, which details the adventures of Captain Irving Johnson when he sailed as an ordinary seaman through storms around Cape Horn onboard the massive bark ‘Peking’.The intention is to remain in our current anchorage overnight and conduct the handover of the Ship to the Youth Crew at 0900 tomorrow. That will begin the adventure and challenge that is Command Day in Young Endeavour.Until tomorrow evening when we will also hear from Youth Captain Joshua O’Regan.Yours AyeCaptain Mike——————————————————————— RED WATCH WAKEY WAKEY SONGSATURDAY 04 MAY 13Wouldn’t it be nice if you could sleep inBut Whities have to get out of BEDIsn’t it so nice that we are sailingTo our destination straight aheadAnd if the voyage could last foreverrrrrrrrrrrr……………….We’d stay awake and drink TEA togetherWouldn’t it be NICE.     “ 


26° 40' South / 153° 7' East


Weather - fine, Wind - SW 10 knots, Swell from SE 0.5 metres, Temp - 19 deg. C