Captain's Log
1 July 2010

A Busy Day At Sea

Hi Everyone, Overnight the wind backed to the south east which assisted our passage south. By 0330 on this morning we were located 20nm to the north of Jervis Bay sailing close hauled on a port tack and maintaining a respectable speed of 5kts. At this time with land approaching fast I decided to call the ship to tacking stations and alter course to the south east so that we could again position ourselves well of the coast were we could take advantage of the East Australian Current (EAC) and the predicted easterly wind shift. We remained on this course until just before morning brief when we again conducted another tack which enabled us to shape a direct course for Tathra (located on the NSW South Coast) which is planned to be our first anchorage for the voyage and is were we hope to rendezvous with the George Bass Surf Boat Race. Throughout the day the weather continued to improve and with it the health of the Youth Crew, with most overcoming their minor bouts of seasickness. This afternoon the Navigator took the opportunity to give one of his informative presentations on navigation and then to complete the day’s activities all watches were given the opportunity to set and clew-up the square sails. By 2000 this evening we were located 24nm to the east of Bateman’s Bay now having to motor sail due to the light conditions.Tomorrow morning we plan to anchor for a short period of time at Tathra then escort the surf boats to Merimbula were we currently plan to anchor overnight.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


35° 52' South / 150° 42' East


Currently located 22nm to the south east of Batemans Bay and experiencing light E-NE winds with a 1m SE swell.