Captain's Log
12 September 2001

A Valuable Lesson

We awoke in the vicinity of Kangaroo Island after our first night at sea and were met by a small pod of dolphins that stayed with us and played in the bow-wave for most of the forenoon. We stopped for a swim after the wind died off and experienced the cold southern waters.In the warm sunshine our navigator explained how we find our way around at sea so that our youth crew can now begin to take on the job of navigating the ship. We are now a few miles to the west of the Coorong, setting of the classic story Storm Boy. Much sea life abounds but as yet Mr Percival hasn’t been spotted.Fair winds and following seas to you allMatthew RoweYouth crew entry by Amanda (20) from Sydney and Drago (23) from Endeavour Hills.From warm sunshine and swimming only a few hours earlier to slightly rougher seas. How conditions can change, causing the number of dinner guests to halve. A valuable lesson was learned today. Stand clear of those affected by the conditions, especially when they are in the rigging ie above you. Getting used to the routine andstarting to enjoy the experience. Hello to everyone back home and we’ll see you soon, although likely to be bruised and battered. All part of the fun.


35° 55' South / 138° 20'


Captain's log for Wednesday 12 Sept 2001Situation at 1800: sailing south east to the west of the Coorong, South Australia. Wind 200 at 12kts. Temp 16c.