Captain's Log
1 March 2006

50NM South of Gabo Is

PAST 24 HOURSThe weather continues to be on our side with some good sailing winds, initially from the south west and then backing to the south east at around 20 knots. The swell is in a north easterly direction at 1m and is abating. A busy afternoon of sail handling, setting and furling sails, a number of briefs and tacking drills were conducted to ensure our team was ready to face their first night at sea under sail. The Youth Crew proved themselves very capable in all that was requested of them and I was confident that if the ship needed to manoeuver during thae night, we could do so safely.Overnight watches consolidated the extensive learning that had taken place since arriving on the ship. Again playing with sails, some going for climbs and all getting to know each other a little better. Today brought yet another glorious day and some fantastic sailing. After the normal routine of morning brief and happy hour, it was time for round 1 of rope races. This is a competitive and fun learning activity where watches compete against each other in their knowledge of the ship. Horto gets everyone into this fun filled activity. Our team was then given a little guidance from Suz in the naughtical version of rule of the road. Come lunch time probably only half of our young adventurers had the stomach to eat. There are a number still suffering the effects of sea sickness, but everyone appears to be dealing with the challenges they face.NAUTICAL TERM OF THE DAYBALLAST: This comes from the old Teutonic Ballast (belly Load). Nautical usage of the word refers to weight (other than cargo) carried ddep within the hold, or belly of a ship to give her stability and trim in the water.YOURS AYEDion CurtisLIEUTENANT, RANCAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR


38° 20' South / 150° 20' East


Good winds 20 knots