Latitude: 
33° 33' South
Longitude: 
151° 16' East
Conditions: 
2300 at anchor - Weather scattered cloud, Wind W 17 knots, Swell nil, Temperature 12 degrees, Barometer 1008 hpa
Ahoy there everyone,
Overnight the ship remained at anchor in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens enabling the Youth Crew time to achieve some quality respite around the scheduled anchor watches. At 0630 all hands were up on deck for the Early Morning Activity and a glorious sunrise as the ship weighed anchor and departed the shelter of Port Stephens.

As soon as the ship entered the Tasman Sea the wind increased to a 30 knot westerly gusting to 38 knots, remaining constant throughout the day. This provided some challenging and exhilarating conditions with the ship on a 20 degree heel for majority of the day much the chef's chagrin. After lunch, I assessed Captain's setting and furling drills. These drills are designed to evaluate each watch in their ability to safely set and furl sails without compromising their own or the team's safety in preparation for Command Day. It was with great satisfaction that each watch successfully completed this task sails without their Staff Watch Leaders, displaying high standards of teamwork, communication, knowledge and safety.

All sails were then handed in as the sun set behind Barrenjoey Head and the ship motored into a sheltered anchorage adjacent Patonga Beach in Broken Bay. After dinner the Youth Crew elected their Command Team for the following day when they will take control of the ship for 24 hours in the capable hands of Youth Captain Scott and his team.

So after another very busy day, the Youth Crew have settled down for the night, hopefully achieving a good night's rest in anticipation and preparation for tomorrow's commencement of Command Day. Our last eight days at sea had 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. The intention is to anchor overnight prior to weighing the following afternoon for the adventure and challenge that is Command Day in Young Endeavour.

Until tomorrow evening when hear from Youth Captain Scott, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien