Command Day was an exciting, uplifting and exhausting time for all
aboard Young Endeavour. At 1pm on Tuesday, the helm was passed over
to the Youth Crew aboard, and after a little delay, the sails were
set and the Young Endeavour headed out Jervis Bay on route to
The crew managed to successfully wear the ship (turn the stern
through the wind) six times throughout the following 24 hours, after
slight confusion on the first attempt.
Although many of us had never sailed before we came aboard, all of
the crew were determined to stick with the challenge and sail her to
Sydney. We all gained a great deal of knowledge about sails, weather,
team dynamics and leadership. The crew of 24 was very impressive to
see, as they worked together, helped each other and came together to
bring the ship through hard turns and medium swells. (The ship's
speed reached over 12 knots on occasions!).
The Young Endeavour Command Day has taught us much about teamwork and
leadership that we can take with us when we depart on Friday, and has
given us all memories and experiences that will definitely be once in
"Team work makes the dream work"
Youth Crew Captain for Command Day