33° 36' South
151° 12' East

At anchor at Cottage Point - Wind WSW at 5 knot, Nil swell, Weather - passing showers, Temp 13 deg. C

Ahoy there Shipmates,

Overnight the ship continued motor-sailing towards Broken Bay, encountering some showers, high winds and big swells along the way. In these challenging conditions the watches undertook the exercise known as the BEAREX in which they are given a task, usually a sail to set and furl that they have not seen. It is a leadership exercise in which watch members have the opportunity to step-up and take charge of the activity if they have the confidence and cooperation of their fellow watch members. It also gives watch members the opportunity to see who has the practical sailing knowledge and who has the leadership ability, which enables them to make an informed decision in the Command Day elections.

At 0700 I commenced Captain’s Setting and Furling Drills, which enable me to evaluate each watch’s ability to safely set and furl sails, without staff present. This is a requirement before progressing to Command Day. All three watches passed the assessment.

We then headed into Broken Bay upstream the Hawkesbury River, anchoring at Cottage Point. After lunch we put the Youthies ashore to the local marina café to have a break off the Ship and the opportunity for a coffee or hot chocolate and a slice of cheesecake. Everyone returned onboard by 1530 so the crew could do their final climb before Command Day. Afterwards I briefed the youth crew on the aims and requirements of Command Day, which is planned to occur between 1300 tomorrow (Thu 27) and 1300 Fri 28. They were then given an hour to conduct their Command Day elections, the results of which are as follows:

Captain: Andrew Duver

Sail Master: Lachlan McAlister

Navigator: Mallorie Owens

Watch Leaders: Matthew Kelly, Alexandra Blackburn & Nicole Harris

Watch Officers: Jessica Healy, Brittany Larkin & Connie Ross

Chefs: Thomas Fitzsimmons, Adam Hendriks & Georgia Smith

Congratulations to all members of the Youth Crew for what they have achieved in the Voyage so far and to those successful office holders for Command Day.

After the ‘teak deck BBQ’ dinner we screened the film ‘Around Cape Horn’, which details the adventures of Captain Irving Johnson when he sailed as an ordinary seaman through storms around Cape Horn onboard the massive bark ‘Peking’.

The intention is to remain in our current anchorage overnight and conduct the handover of the Ship to the Youth Crew at 1300 tomorrow. That will begin the adventure and challenge that is Command Day in Young Endeavour.

After what has been an exhausting 48 hours since sailing from Coffs I am sure the whole crew will sleep well tonight in our sheltered anchorage.

Until tomorrow evening when we will also hear from Youth Captain Andrew.

Yours Aye

Captain Mike


P.S. Have added photos to days 5, 6 & 7. Will be able to be viewed pm tomorrow.