Captain's Log
15 April 2001

What Young Endeavour is To Me

Overnight we sailed deeper into the Whitsundays and this morning we had reached Refuge Bay. Before we anchored at lunch the YC demonstrated their sailing skills to me and passed a milestone in their voyage by setting and furling the sails by themselves. Well done. Command Day elections were held after lunch and then we relaxed on the beach until returning for a great feast onboard. Tomorrow is their big day and tonight they will prepare for it. I have a feeling they will do very well.Youth crew entry by Jennifer,17 from MelbourneEvening all. Well, it’s hard to believe, but here we are, only 12 hours away from taking control of the ship. Over the past 7 days the transformation in the crew has been amazing. From the first few days, where about 75% of the YC were considering jumping overboard to get away from sea sickness, to now where the friendships and the atmosphere running through the crew is amazing. Today was another awesome day onboard the YE. After some sail setting drills this morning we once again ventured to land and lived the island life before the QLD weather turned sour and forced us to return to the ship. So far my voyage on the YE has been beyond my wildest expectations and it only gets better day by day. Command day tomorrow should be a blast and hopefully the best day yet. Just a quick hello and Happy Easter to mum and dad and everyone back home.Youth Crew entry by James, 23, BrisbaneGreetings to Dad and the J-Team (Mum=Judy, Sister=Jacqui, Darling=Jenny), and the Office of Economic Development crew. You’ll be pleased to know that my sea voyage has been successful and eventful. The team spirit and ‘can do’ attitude on board has pushed me past my supposed boundaries and made me realise that if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything. My only disappointment is to find no Midday tots of rum that Uncle Spud promised were daily in the Navy.To me the Young Endeavour:Is a place of personal excellence,Is a 24 hour living machine,Is a chance to push the limits imposed by ourselves and society,Is not a cruise or holiday,Something everyone should do if they have the chance,An opportunity to gain once in a life time experiences and memories.I would like to thank everyone involved in keeping the YE program going and the crew for their inspirational leadership and fantastic program.Yours sincerelyJames BovairdYou’re welcome, James ��� Stay tuned,Andrew Davis


20° 51' South / 149° 35'


CO's LOG Sunday 14 Apr 01Current situation at 1800: At anchor Refuge Bay, Scawfell Island. Wind sou'east at 20 knots, temp 24C.