Latitude: 
38° 58' South
Longitude: 
141° 30' East
Conditions: 
E.Wind: Sou West at 15 Kts, Temp:15c, Cloud:3/8.
Overnight the watches were busy completing their second climb
aloft. The majority of the Youth Crew were successful in reaching the
Topsail and T'Gallant yards. The remaining time on watch was spent
learning to tie some of the more important knots used onboard, and
completing the full value contract. This involves agreeing to a basic
standard of behaviour so as to ensure that all hands gain the maximum
benefit from the voyage.

At 0630 all hands were piped on deck for early morning activity.
This involved a brisk power walk around the upper deck, followed by
XO Dion leading us in an activity designed to help learn each others
names. Breakfast and a 90 second shower followed. At 0800 the
ceremony of colours was carried out complete with the singing of the
national anthem. XO Dion led the morning brief off with a rundown of
the day's program. Chef Speedy and Engineer Horto briefed the Youth
Crew on the do's and don'ts of their parts-of-ship. Salty Sea Dog
Phil gave an animated description of the nautical origins of some
everyday sayings. Morning brief was followed by happy hour and before
long the ship was cleaned fore-and -aft.

After morning tea (Thanks Speedy) Captain Safety and her assistant
Miss EPIRB gave a detailed hands-on briefing of the Ship's safety
equipment. This involved liferafts, smoke markers, Electronic
Position Indicating Radio Beacons and a myriad of other gear. Next on
the schedule was the deck safety and line handling lecture. Prior to
sailing, it is important that the Youth Crew have a basic
understanding of how to handle the different lines, and what is
required of them when setting and furling sails.

After lunch it was time to weigh anchor and get underway. Once
clear of Portland harbour practical training in sail setting and
furling helped to reinforce the earlier theoretical lessons, as well
as enhance the level of teamwork that is already starting to develop.
The last activity of the day was tacking drills. The Youth Crew were
exercised in tacking the ship several times. If it becomes necessary
to tack YOUNG ENDEAVOUR tonight, they will know where to close up and
what is expected of them.

It was a very tired Youth Crew that Captain John spoke to upon
completion of tacking drills. They have been bombarded by strange
terminology, a hectic pace and a million details to remember. All of
this on a moving platform where there is virtually no personal space.
Fatigue and seasickness have already begun to take there toll but the
Youth Crew have agreed to accept all challenges they will face during
the voyage. Overnight we will make ground to the west towards our
next anchorage.

YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Fact File: There are over ninety seperate lines
used to sail the ship. To assist in working these lines, mechanical
advantage is gained either by hand winches or block and tackles. This
allows a relatively small number of hands to safely manage the huge
forces generated in the sails by the wind.

YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Glossary: Tackle- A purchase in which two or more
blocks are used to multiply the power exerted in a line. Block- A
wooden or metal case in which one or more sheaves are fitted. They
are used for various purposes in a ship, either as part of a purchase
to increase mechanical advantage applied to lines, or to lead them to
a convenient position for handling.

Thought of the Day: Man is so made that when anything fires his
soul....impossibilities vanish. La Fontaine


Yours, Aye

John Cowan
CMDRE, RAN