Latitude: 
31° 45' South
Longitude: 
153° 15'
Conditions: 
Course 310, Speed 7kts, Wind 020/18kts, Temp 18, partly cloudy
The wind has remained fresh from the north for the past 24 hrs and the crew has been putting in the big ones to work the ship north against wind and current. The ship tacked every couple of hours during the day and then overnight with every watch change. Everybody onboard is tired but happy. Most of the sickies are now feeling better as well.

Around midday yesterday we spotted the HMAS BRISBANE, a navy destroyer, heading south towards us. I gave them a call on the radio and requested a 'fly by'. BRISBANE were obliging and they came close down our port side at speed and then came up our starboard side. She made a great sight. I was particularly pleased as BRISBANE is my next ship.

The youth crew have settled into their watchkeeping routine now and have been putting their new navigation skills to work. Just prior to morning brief, we saw our first whale, a hump back, at close quarters. So close, I had to take avoiding action to miss it. The whale seemed totally oblivious to our presence.

Our battle against wind and current has delayed our arrival at Coffs Harbour and we will hopefully arrive there early afternoon tomorrow. We still have a lot of sailing to do.

Chat tomorrow

Andrew