Voyage name: 
22 October - 22 November 2015
36 degrees 42 minutes South
3 degrees 25 minutes West

Currently located 1050nm from Cape Town and enjoying moderate 10-14kt SW winds with a 1.5m SW swell. Our current speed is 4.5kts and the temperature is 13 degrees.

Welcome to day 20 of our voyage

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to day 20 of our voyage. Well the weather gods have continued to be kind today with lots of sunshine, some moderate to strong wind and a much smaller swell. With the stronger wind we did manage to put the ship under a full press of sail for most of the day but this evening has seen the wind moderate to 10-12kts and veer to the SE which has meant that we are now back to sailing downwind just under squares.

It is hard to believe that we already up to day 20 of our voyage with only eight days and just over 1000nm until we reach Cape Town. This voyage has gone really quickly but each day we still find something different to do and our World Voyagers continue to enjoy the majority of our daily activities (well maybe not cleaning stations).

Starting from today we have introduced a guest Sail Master which gives a World Voyager the opportunity to run the daily routines and activities and gives Adam a bit of a break. Our volunteer for today was Oscar who set a very high standard and kept everyone busy and amused throughout the day with a PT session and lectures given on Morse Code, Gyroscopic Inertia and Photography.

Volunteering to write tonight’s Captains Log Leigh(roy) from Bay Watch so please enjoy reading about his day.

Until tomorrow, take care

Yours Aye
Captain Gav

Good Day and welcome to the World Voyagers entry to the Captain’s log for this eventful day of Tuesday the 10th of November, where we had a near miss involving a foreign object in the lavatories, rogue rotten potatoes restricting access to parts of the ship, some healthiness and also hard lessons for the World Voyagers.

Many thanks to Captain Gav for giving his update on the ships location and weather prognosis as mentioned above. As I write this we have most sails set and have a light to moderate following breeze. It is a partially cloudy evening with a low following swell. Apart from the cool temperature from the wind, some may say the conditions are perfect and most unlike the reputation which is expected of the Southern Atlantic Ocean.

The morning started at 0700 with U2’s song “Beautiful day” playing, which was fitting for the awesome morning which awaited us. “Which Watch” who were lookouts on the 0400-0800 watch were treated to a wicked sunrise atop the mast and were keen to make it known to the on coming watch what we had missed out on.

At the morning briefing we were alerted to a possible crisis on board the Young Endeavour in relation to the plumbing. Our celebrity sail Master for the day, Oscar was clipping his fingernails during a morning restroom visit when a rascal wave dislodged the clippers from his firm grasp sending them spiralling into the toilet bowl! Little more can be said on this matter other than to say they had to be rescued prior to the flush. Henceforth a new rule has been introduced in which no foreign (metal) objects are to be used whilst in the lavatory.

Towards the end of the forenoon watch there was some confusion occurring on the starboard side of the bridge. The area was blocked off and the reasons were initially unknown. The closed deck was a hot topic of conversation, in particular on the port side of the vessel where the watches were meeting for handover of watch. The mystery was solved shortly thereafter where we were told some potatoes had gone off the grid and become rotten. Due to the limited space on board the vessel’s fruit and vegetables are stored in all locations around the vessel including the deck. Once the area was cleared and well ventilated the starboard side of the deck was reopened to the public and calm returned and we have been told there were no potatoes lost.

The afternoon consisted of a Personal Training session on deck followed by some hard lessons for the World Voyagers. We were split up into three groups and had lessons on Morse Code, Gyroscopic Inertia and Photography. We also discussed the plans for the vessel once we get to Cape Town next week including some community and tourist activities. This reminded the crew of some of the luxuries which await us in the not so distant future, including real coffee and proper laundered clothes. However tempting this treats will be, they will not provide a moment in time such as this voyage is offering. I highly doubt any of us will return to the Southern Atlantic Ocean on a Tall Ship under sail to make a transatlantic. Every day provides a new environment, be it the cloud cover, wind strength or direction, swell size and bearing, vast array of sea life and the pure remoteness of the endless ocean which we must ensure to appreciate before we rejoin the real world.

On a personal note a shout out to family and friends back home. My mother is always concerned about the food: however she need not to worry here.

Onwards and upwards always, Leigh(roy). Bay Watch out

Special thanks for today:

- Oscar first celebrity sail Master 

- Jess and Loren for undertaking trivia last night 

- Galley swags Zoe, Liam and Jared 


A special happy 20th Anniversary to my lovely wife Maryanne, Love Jenko.

To the beautiful Di, missing you and looking forward to seeing you in Cape Town, at this rate should beat you there! Shout out to Lucy, Clive and Zara, have been enjoying the trip, not much action after breaking the rod. Weather has been very nice but also have had some good sailing in 30kt which was good fun. Love you guys. Mike

Dear Hageman’s, Crooked Mob and Mr Crooman, love you all xxx

If you’re reading this Duncan, which your probably not; I miss u and little Duke. I’m looking forward to coming home  Hey mum and dad again   Love you all, Rachel.