Latitude: 
16° 56' South
Longitude: 
145° 46' East
Conditions: 
Very Little Wind
MICK - YOUTH CREW CAPTAIN

Sailing Young Endeavour from Dunk Island to Cairns would seem a
difficult task with no staff input. This was not our biggest
problem. Whilst the Youth Crew worked around the clock to get us
sailing we were missing Mother Natures input and with no wind we
moved only a few Nautical Miles from Dunk Island in the first 6
hours.

The call was made to turn noise into movement and the engines were
started just after Midnight and we powered through the night. By 0800
this morning we had a great 25 knott wind off our starbord quarter
and we sailed again, passing Fitzroy Island travelling at just shy of
10 knotts.

Once we Cape Grafton we gave the wheel hard left and packed up the
sails down to motor through the tight channel into Cairns.

The Youth Crew need to be congratulated for their stella performance
on Command Day. We acheived the majority of our tasks including the
Beach Assult, Hammock, Mural, Knott Demo and we sang the National
Anthem to the tune of 5 different songs including 'Come all ye
faithful' and 'Catch My Deasease' by Ben Lee. The cheers were heard
far and wide as we made first sight on Cairns whilst all bar two
of the crew were 'laying a loft' (climing on the masts) for a photo,
another task. Most importantly though we cleared the two outer
channel markers to Cairns at 1158 spot on to our 1200 target.

To all the Staff Crew a big thankyou for all your assitance in
preparing us for command day.

For anyone thinking of joining Young Endeavour for a voyage all I can
say is come along. The staff and challenges may seem intimidating
but the skills and friendships we have forged are unbeliveable.

Tally Ho from YE

Mick

Until tomorrow...

Ian Hibbard
LEUT, RAN
Captain V10/06