Captain's Log
15 December 2008

All at sea

Ahoy Shipmates, At 0630 (this morning) all hands were piped on deck for their first early morning activity (EMA) session and team building activity in the anchorage at Corio Bay near Geelong. After breakfast the YC conducted the age old naval ceremony of Colours (raising the National Flag in the bow and the Australian White Ensign at the stern) and sang the National Anthem. Morning brief followed, with special presentations from the Navigator, Engineer and Chef. At 1000 we weighed anchor and commenced the long pilotage out of Port Phillip Bay. During the pilotage the YC were kept busy with ���Happy Hour’ (cleaning stations) followed by an in depth safety brief, training in line-handling, deck safety drills and finally sail setting and furling drills. We transited the Rip to clear Port Philip at 1630 and once in open water the ship was sent to tacking stations. This activity confirmed that the YC have absorbed their training and are able to turn the ship through the wind during the first night at sea and whenever required. In very light conditions the YC completed three successful tacks, signifying the end of the intense instruction of the first 24 hours. On completion of tacking stations it was time for dinner and our chef Mac produced another memorable meal. The Youth Crew have now settled into their watches for this evening and are currently experiencing their first full night at sea. Until tomorrow, fair winds and following seas to you all. Yours AyeCaptain Matt


38° 28' South / 144° 46' East


Wind from the South at 10 knots, swell South Easterly at half a metre with air temperature of 14 degress.