Captain's Log
10 August 2002

Working Aloft

Situation at 20:00- Overnight the Youth Crew spent their time on watch carrying out team building exercises designed to prepare them for command day. Thehead winds we experienced yesterday continued overnight which required all hands were called to tack ship during the middle watch.After morning brief and happy hour, demonstration and rotational tacks were carried out to show the Youth Crew what the other watches role is when tacking, and to allow Captain John to explain thetacking process. Each member of the Youth Crew were able to observe the Ship being tacked so as to gain a better understanding of where their particular role fits into the overall organisation.Once lunch was completed, Captain John put the Youth Crew through their paces setting and furling several different sails. The purpose of this exercise was to ensure that individually, and collectively, they have the ability to safely and efficiently set and furl the Ship’s sails during command day.Since they joined the Ship in Gladstone, the Youth Crew have made been exposed to climbing and working aloft. They have gained experience and confidence to the point where they are now able toproceed aloft without a Staff Crew member being with them. This represents an important milestone on the road to command day and is an achievement they should be proud of.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: On the penultimate day of each voyage, the Ship conducts a half-day sail for a group of young Australians through some disability or disadvantage are unable to take part in the full ten-day voyage. The Youth Crew act as hosts to our guests and exercise a large degree of ownership of YOUNG ENDEAVOUR duringthe event. The half-day sail provides the Youth Crew with an opportunity to show off the skills they have aquired onboard. Invariably, this proves to be a very rewarding experience for theYouth Crew, Staff Crew and guests alike.YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Halyard- A rope or wire line used to hoist a sail, flag or yard. The vertical movement of a sail is controlled by its Halyard. Sheet- The line attached to the Clew of asail to control its horizontal movement. A square sail has one sheet attached to each of its two Clews while a fore-and-aft sail has two sheets attached to its one Clew.Thought of the day: A decision without the pressure of consequence is hardly a decision at all. Eric LangmuirYours, AyeJohn Cowan


26° 17' South / 153° 19'


Wind SE at 15 kts