Voyage name: 
V06/19 Newcastle to Brisbane
28 Apr - 08 May 2019
Latitude: 
28 10.7' S
Longitude: 
153 41.0'E
Conditions: 
Wind: NNE at 11 Kn; Swell: 1.0 m from the south; Temp: 21 deg. C; Weather: occasional showers
Anchored off Coolangatta Beach for a swim and to do mid-voyage chats. Weighed anchor on completion and returned to sea to conduct Demo Tacks and more navigation and sail handling consolidation.
Ahoy there shipmates, We anchored off Coolangatta Beach at 1015, following morning brief and 'Happy Hour', in the hope of finding some shelter from the southerly and SE swells which had made for an uncomfortable night's sleep. The anchorage proved successful and it was sheltered enough to go for a swim before lunch. We had a fabulous lunch from from the fresh tuna and squid Chef Zac had caught during the voyage so far. Zac was ably assisted by Jerome and Reggie in preparing a fabulous spread, which was devoured by the crew. After lunch Reggie ran round three of rope races and then I gave Red and White watches my Sail Theory brief. We weighed anchor at 1600 and once we were clear of the coast we closed the Ship up to Tacking Stations and conducted Demonstrational Tacks. This involves tacking or wearing-ship with three members of each watch on the bridge being instructed in what occurs. This is aimed at increasing the crew's understanding of these activities to improve their general sailing knowledge and prepare them for Command Day, when they will take charge of these activities. On completion of Demos we altered course to tack our way up to the approaches to the Gold Coast Seaway, our planned anchorage for late tomorrow forenoon, once Reggie and I have conducted the 'Captain's Setting and Furling' assessment and the Youth Crew have undertaken my 'Captain's Challenge'. Until tomorrow. Yours aye, Captain Mike
President Calvin Coolidge: Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not - nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not - unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not - the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determiniation alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.