Latitude: 
26° 32' South
Longitude: 
153° 17' East
Conditions: 
COMMAND DAY
AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME THE CAPTAIN IS UNAVAILABLE, AS THE YOUNG
ENDEAVOUR HAS NOW BEEN OVERTAKEN AND THE YOUTH CREW NOW STAND IN COMMAND. AFTER A MORNING BRIEF THE STAFF TOOK A WELL EARNED BREAK, WITH SOME VENTURING TO DESTINATIONS AS FAR AS FIJI AND BONNIE DOON.... IN THEIR DREAMS.

THEN UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF YOUTH CREW ELECTED CAPTAIN MICK (CO) WE SET SAIL AND SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATED OUR WAY AROUND MOOLOOLABA HARBOUR SEVERAL TIMES.... A FEW TOO MANY TACKS THAN THE YOUTH CREW WOULD HAVE LIKED.

ONCE WE ESCAPED THE WHIRLPOOL WE HAD CREATED, WE FINALLY GOT ON A COURSE TO MEET OUR FIRST REQUIRED CHECK POINT. NOW WE ARE SMOOTH SAILING WITH THE WIND IN OUR SAILS AND FLOWING THROUGH OUR HAIR.

HOPEFULLY AT 0800 TOMORROW MORNING WE SHOULD ARRIVE AT OUR REQUIRED DESTINATION WHERE WE WILL CONSIDER HANDING THE VESSEL BACK OVER TO THE STAFF CREW.

WITH THE STAFF CREW ON HOLIDAYS, ALL SHIP DUTIES STILL NEEDED TO BE
COMPLETED. WITH THE ABSENCE OF OUR STAFF CHEF SPEEDY WE HAD TO FIND YOUTH CHEFS (AS ONE WOULD NOT MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE HUNGRY CREW THAT SPEEDY MANAGES TO FEED EACH DAY). IN THE HANDS OF KIRSTY, ROHAN AND JJ THEY WERE ABLE TO SCRAP UP AN ENJOYABLE ITALIAN FEAST FOR ALL. AND WE MUST THANK THEM FOR PREPARING THE WONDERFUL UPSIDE DOWN CHOCOLATE CAKE FOR TRENT'S BIRTHDAY. AFTER DINNER OUR NORMAL WATCHES COMMENCED. WITH OUR NAVIGATORS DAVID AND EM, XO KATE, AND CO MICK, ALTERNATED TAKING CHARGE OF THE WHITE (WL - HAYLEY, SARAH, MEL, SAXON, DEAN, BEN), RED (WL - ANDY, SUSAN, TRENT, PHIL, SAL) AND BLUE (WL - BLAKE, STEPHIE, JAC, SAMMY, ASH, DAN) WATCH TEAMS.

SO FAR, SO GOOD, WE HAVE ALL ADJUSTED TO AWAKENING AT HOURS THAT WE NEVER KNEW EXISTED. NOW ALL THAT IS LEFT AHEAD, IS TO KEEP THE SHIP AFLOAT AND IN ONE PIECE TO HAND BACK TO THE STAFF.

HAVING A BLAST

SARAH (INVERELL) AND MEL (SUNSHINE COAST)
YOUTH CREW

WE HAVE NOW RELEASED THE CAPTAIN FOR A FEW MOMENTS TO SAY A COUPLE OF WORDS....

NOT MUCH TO ADD TO THAT. THE CREW ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME AND MAKING THE MOST OF THEIR TIME IN CHARGE OF THE SHIP. I EXPECT THAT THERE WILL BE FEW TIRED CREW COME THE MORNING, BUT IF ENTHUSIASM IS ANYTHING TO GO BY, THE COMMAND DAY IS SHAPING UP REALLY WELL.

YOURS AYE

MATT MONCRIEFF
COMMANDER, RAN
CO STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR