Voyage name: 
V09/17
11 - 21 July
Latitude: 
33 33.5' S
Longitude: 
151 16.9' E
Conditions: 
At anchor Patonga - Weather: fine, partly cloudy, Wind: light and variable, Swell: nil, Temp: 12 deg. C
Completed the final activities prior to Command Day and proceeded to anchor off Patonga mid - afternoon.
After a night disappointingly spent predominantly motor-sailing, due to the lack of wind, we had the usual Morning Brief, attended by Salty the Seadog who explained the history behind the Naval practice of splitting the 'dog watches'.
On completion we launched into Captain's Setting and Furling, an assessment of the watches' competence at setting and furling the staysails to enable them progress to Command Day. All watches passed the assessments. I then issued my Captain's Challenge, which was for the youth crew to set all the fore and aft sails in under 45 minutes. This was also successfully completed as we proceeded into our anchorage off Patonga in Broken Bay.
On arrival we put the Youthies ashore for a couple of hours to enable them to stretch their legs.
We had another 'teak deck barbie' for dinner, which was followed by my Command Day brief and then the youth crew held their Command Day elections.
It is intended to remain at our Patonga anchorage overnight.
Until we hear from Youth Crew Captain Hari in tomorrow night's log.
Yours aye, Captain Mike