Latitude: 
34° 26' South
Longitude: 
173° 11' East
Conditions: 
Wind E'ly 10-15kts, sky partly cloudy, low swell
There was an air of anticipation as every one woke this morning. Today was the day we were going to commence the final and most important stage of the voyage - the crossing of the Tasman Sea and the passage to Australia.

After the normal wakey of 0630, it was time to ensure the ship was clean and that all rubish that could be removed was off the ship. All gear was stowed more diligently in preparation for a long sea crossing. After clearing customs and quarantine, Young Endeavour weighed anchor at 1020 and got underway. The next time we'll touch land will be Down Under.

With light Easterly winds motor sailing was the order of the day. Light winds of course mean that only a few sails can be set to assist the speed made good, so the quite time was used to conduct a navigation lecture and conduct some refreshing of sail handling and deck safety. All in all it was a pleasant day and a great way to say farewell to one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Below are comments from some of the Youth Crew:

Jacqui and Mike

Day 5 started with a early morning run around the deck of the endeavour to get us all warmed up for what was to come. While clearing customs we had our daily visit from nana (ie chief engineers in drag) to return our missing clothes, and everything else we leave lying around, and provide us with morning singing, dancing and laughter. We motered out of the lovely Bay of Islands, this marked the begining of our trans Tasman crossing. The Days highlights included climbing aloft, setting the sails, eating The Chads gormet cuisine, cruising alongside Dolphins and swinging off the ropes into the ocean.

Best be off, in the middle of our watch till midnight and have to set the squares. See Yah!!!

Until tomorrow...

I. HIBBARD
LEUT, RAN
Voyage Captain