V12/19 Brisbane to Sydney
22 Jul - 01 Aug 2019
Wind: SSE at 10 knots Weather: Fine and clear Sea: Moderate Course: 170 Speed: 7 knots Location: Off South West Rocks
Ahoy shipmates...another spectacular day at sea. The light conditions have persisted, though as I write it's starting to get a little bit bouncy...the flat seas were to good to be true. Perhaps we will get a visit from the dreaded green goblin (sea sickness)...time will tell, although most of the youth crew have found their sea legs. It's been another busy day, capped off by a brlliant sunset...simply breathtaking! Ranga, Ange and Marcus have covered the day below so, until tomorrow, fair winds, Cap K---------- Captains Log Day 3 Ahoy all you land lovers! This is Ranga and Ange speaking from the Last Dog watch, and Marcus from the First watch on our third day of V12/19, re-counting our time aboard this fine sail ship. It has been awesome and painful at the same time, and we have enjoyed seeing all the marine life, whales, dugongs, birds and dolphins. Today we even had an encounter with the HMAS Melbourne (a Naval warship) when the ship closed us from 200 yards off the port beam. They blasted Aussie songs from their main deck so we played ‘Men at Work’ back to them. They sailed away with ‘Highway to Hell’ – it was spectacular. Afterwards all hands were back on deck to tack and wear the ship (pass the bow and the stern through the wind respectively) using the Jib, Forestaysail, Mainstaysail, Topgallant Staysail, and Mainsail. All in all, it was a jam packed day and a memorable voyage is unfolding. After an amazing lunch we had round one of rope races where blue watch sadly lost out to red watch (we’ll get em’ next time!). We then were inducted in to the art of navigating a ship with Nav Harry – it was very interesting. Hopefully we’ll be dab hand ocean navigators ourselves in a few days after fixing the ship along the NSW coast. We then had some free time to play some card games in the cafe or catch up on some sleep from the night before. Heaving in on lines and ropes is hard enough work when it’s not at 4am! Even in the middle of the night though, sailing this amazing ship is still tremendously fun and rewarding. Right now we are passing South West Rocks and we have made some pretty good speeds so it looks like we are going to push on further before laying anchor and planning out the next step in our voyage. From all of us on The Young Endeavour, Goodnight and we’ll see you soon.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not - nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not – unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not – the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge