Voyage name: 
V13/17 Brisbane to Newcastle
02 Oct - 12 Oct 2017

Ahoy there,
Last night we had a great overnight sail making ground to the south and the new crew members got to experience the tasks and duties involved with keeping a Ship at sea 24 hrs/day. Unfortunately the wind almost deserted us late in the evening and we were forced to motor-sail to ensure we maintained the required speed of advance. Some members are still trying to find their sea-legs, but despite not feeling 100 % they still turned-to and worked to support their watch.

After a hearty breakfast we had the daily morning brief. Navigator Adam told us where we travelled overnight and gave us some local knowledge about Byron Bay. We heard from Salty on the nautical tradition of having a ‘Figure Head’ on the prow of a ship and why ships’ toilets are called ‘Heads’. Salty also continued the development of the Crew’s ‘Pirate Attitude’. Then it was off to Happy Hour to get Young Endeavour ship- shape after a day at sea.

The assessment was made by the Sailmaster that we had a few more crew members still struggling to find theirs sea-legs than we thought. The decision was made to proceed to anchor in order to seek some shelter from the low south-easterly swell so a course was shaped for the lee of Cape Byron. At 1015 Watch Officer Kyle gave the youthies a Nautical ‘Rules of the Road’ briefing aimed at arming them with the knowledge of collision avoidance that they need for Command Day.

We anchored just after lunch and had a quick swim before launching into the first round of ‘Rope Races’ a non-competitive (competitive) activity in which the watches are tested on their Ship Knowledge. The watch that amasses the most points will be rewarded at the end of the voyage. The last thing we did before weighing anchor and resuming our passage to Coffs Harbour was Navigator Adam gave his Navigation Brief to the youthies. This they will be able to put into practice tonight and en route between Coffs and our next anchorage. The main distraction during Adam’s brief was the large number of Humpback whales breaching in the bay all around us.

We weighed anchor at 1615 and departed Byron Bay. Once we had achieved some sea room we undertook Rotational Tacks, which is where the watches rotate through the other two watches’ positions to gain an understanding of their duties when the Ship Tacks or Wears-Ship. On completion we resumed our passage towards Coffs Harbour.

It is intended to remain at sea overnight with as much sail set as practical.


Until tomorrow.
Yours aye, Captain Mike