Latitude: 
27° 19' South
Longitude: 
153° 13'
Conditions: 
Current situation at 1800: Course 032, Speed 8kts, Wind 270/30kts, Temp 18C
Hi readers, it's Andrew Rourke here back at the helm as Captain. I spent the last voyage on deck as a watch leader and I had an absolute ball. Go the mighty whities! From all reports everybody had a fun weekend in Brisbane over the weekend and the YE reunion held onboard on Saturday evening was a huge success. It was great to catch up with so many old shipmates. This voyage from Brisbane to Sydney will be my last as Captain so I'm hoping it's going to be a blinder.

This afternoon 23 youth crew joined the ship (one will arrive later this evening) and at 1530 I formally welcomed them onboard. At 1600, Paul our watch officer took us away from the wharf and we commenced our transit of the Brisbane River. As we motored towards Moreton Bay the expected front passed through with very strong westerly winds. We have experienced gusts over 40 kts. It could be a lot of fun when the YC attempt their first climb later this evening. We will anchor off Redcliffe at 1930 and will remain at anchor overnight. Hopefully everybody will make it all the way to the topgallant yard, some 30m high.

Tomorrow will be a busy day with a near vertical learning curve for the YC. We will clear Moreton Bay by late afternoon before we start heading towards Sydney. Hopefully the westerly winds will hang around for a while and we'll get a fast passage south.

I'll chat again tomorrow evening.

Andrew