19° 1' South
146° 36' East

2200 at anchor - weather scattered cloud, wind E 9 knots swell SE 0.2 metre, temperature 21 degrees, barometer 1016 hpa

Ahoy there everyone,

Welcome to day seven, after a night at anchor in Pioneer Bay, Orpheus Island, the morning commenced at 0630 with another rousing tune this time from Sail Mistress Kristy-Lee. After a BBQ breakfast and morning brief the Young Endeavour pool was opened enabling all those keen adventures the opportunity to launch form the course yard rope swing or bowsprit executing some commendable somersaults and back flips. On completion each watch was then transferred via sea boat to a reef snorkelling area in Pioneer Bay. On return the ship weighed anchor and shaped a course south.

After lunch, Captain’s Setting and Furling assessment was conducted where I observed each watch safely set and furl sails without their staff Watch Leaders to ensure that they were ready to control the ship when they assume command tomorrow for 24 hours. It was with great satisfaction that each watch successfully achieved the required standard. This activity concluded with anchoring in the lee of Rattlesnake Island. The Youth Crew then spent one hour replacing each Staff Crew member with an elected Youth Crew member under the command Youth Captain Francis.

With dinner consumed, a special movie was screened, depicting a young man who sailed around Cape Horn in 1929 on one of the last tall ship cargo vessels. Many similarities and comparisons could be drawn 80 years later with our own band of young adventurers.

The ship will remain at anchor overnight, in order to achieve a good night’s rest and respite in anticipation for tomorrow’s commencement of Command Day. Our last seven days on voyage have seen significant developments in the overall journey of our young adventurers. They have progressed enormously both individually and collectively as the voyage continues to gain momentum. Command Day approaches with great anticipation for all.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien