19° 53' South
148° 46' East
Situation at 2000hrs Wind Southerly at 20 Knots. Running square under Forestay sail, Topgallant, Topsail, Mainstay sail.
Last night the youth crew were kept very busy with teamwork exercises to complete in their watches. These exercises involved sail handling, or deck evolutions aimed at consolidating the youth crew's knowledge of the ship, and also improving their all important communication and teamwork skills in preparation for Command Day. All the watches learnt a great deal ��� and some of what they learnt was related to sailing!

This morning instead of conducting Morning Brief and Happy Hour, the youth crew received a welcome reprieve as we sailed into Whitehaven Bay, struck all sails and proceeded ashore for a sports day on the beach. Whitehaven Beach is famous for its long white sand and has been voted one of the best beaches in not just Australia, but the world. Our early start ensured we had the beach almost to ourselves initially, but soon enough the tourist armada arrived, including the beautiful brigantine SOLWAY LASS.

Whilst ashore the youth crew conducted their mid-voyage talks, to see if they are on track to achieving their goals, or if there are any issues that need to be addressed. The overall consensus is that everyone is having the time of their life, the food is unbelievable and we cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by.

The youth crew developed sail plans for departing the anchorage, but the untimely arrival of another tourist vessel made us use the ���iron topsails' to get us underway. In no time at all we were running square with the ship making an impressive site as we bid farewell to the Whitsunday Islands and commenced proceeding northwards on our journey.

Engineer Lindsay organised another round of rope races, and White Watch was very lucky to win two questions ��� for a moment it looked like their dominance had been well and truly crushed by Red and Blue Watches. An appeal is still outstanding, however the Engineer's decision remains final, and we eagerly await the results of the next few rounds.

As we continued north, Sailing Master Suzie organised a communication exercise. This is another activity we use to bring out the importance of active and open lines of communication, and also how easy it is for everyone else to misunderstand what you thought might be clear instruction.

Tonight we are continuing to make ground towards Townsville, with the fantastic sailing conditions being a fair wind and a following sea we should make good time tonight.

Yours Aye

Phil Gaden
Lieutenant, RANR

'The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there' Robert M Pirsig

Youth Crew Impressions

Stephen, 16, Alice Springs
G'day all readers of the captain logs. Today was a very laid back day. The aptly named ���wetsundays�� finally gave us some relief, a little ray of sunshine and a sunset over the sea. Visiting Whitehaven Beach was a Great experience and gave everyone a chance to put their feet up and have some fun, play some games and eat more food. This trip has been amazing so far and with command day only two days away the entire youth crew are pumped. As a team we can take on anything as we have learnt. I would say to anyone reading this that wants to be a part of the unbelievable experience that is young endeavour, don't let anything hold you back, and expand your horizons! Ps. Blue watch is the best.

Ash, 20, Geelong
Well after a long and rather annoying wake up at 7am it was all up on deck to see that we had arrived at Whitehaven beach, so it was to shore for us to have some fun and games and to have a talk mid voyage. It was really good to have another trip ashore and stretch the legs after sea sickness had come back to say hello to a few of us. With another lovely lunch made for us by our wonderful chef Chad it was back on board for rope races and yet another win for red watch!!! With command day just around the corner we had a few more activities to try and prepare us for a tough 24hours ahead! I am having an amazing time; this experience has been above and beyond what I expected it would be. So its back to watch for me and bye for now.