Latitude: 
10° 40' South
Longitude: 
134° 50'
Conditions: 
CO's Log Thursday 14 Jun 01

Current situation at 1800: In the Arafura Sea, north of Arnhem Land under full sail. Wind Sou'east at 20 knots, temp 26C.
The seas have really picked up since leaving port. We are getting along at 9-10 knots and experiencing some brilliant sailing weather. Today the YC proved that they could set and furl the sails safely and work well as a team. They did a great job and they should be proud of their efforts. Well done to the Watch Leaders too, who have got them this far.

It's now Day 11 of our Voyage and the YC are going great. We are having a lot of fun and everyone is fit and well. The Spew-o-Meter sometimes takes a sharp rise and then falls back to zero. The plan for the next few days is to anchor at Goulburn Island on Friday in preparation for the Command Day from Saturday afternoon to Monday morning. On these days it will be the YC's goal to sail the ship west to Port Essington (with a few detours along the way).

Youth crew entry by Matthew Grieves age 20, from Bundaberg QLD.
Six more days to go, and hasn't it gone fast. Today the YC have been proving their skills of setting and furling the sails to the captain. This is because in one day's time it will be Command Day ��� that is when the YC take charge of the vessel completely for 42 hours. Including setting sails, navigation, steering in the direction of travel, all by ourselves. Looking forward to that.

(Matthew turns 21 today ��� got the e-mail message for him.)

Stay tuned

Andrew Davis