Captain's Log
22 July 2000

An Ethereal Glow

At last we’ve got a bit of wind, not a lot but we are sailing. Last night we remained at sea to conduct navigation training and to see if we could find some wind. We managed to sail for a little overnight but by this morning it was glassy calm again so we headed for Nara Inlet, a fjord like bay on the southern end of Hook Island. We anchored here at 1000 and then went ashore to inspect the nearby attractions. This afternoon we headed for some civilisation at Hamilton Island to allow Youth Crew to obtain a Coke and chocolate fix and then back to sea. Here we found some wind at last, only 10 knots but sufficient to conduct rotational tacks where youth crew are rotated through the different positions so they get an appreciation of each other’s jobs in tacking the ship. This evening we will remain at sea, hopefully get a bit more sailng in and conduct some teamwork exercises.Youth Crew entry by Glendon Bunn (age 20 from Gold Coast) – This morning was greeted with a rousing call for all youth crew to assemble at tacking stations. With the practice tack behind us we got to view one of the most majestic and truly tranquil parts of Australia. Motoring through Nara Inlet was a privelege as the scenery and atmosphere of the voyage came to a head with shoal reef tucked into the shore line. The topgallant yardarm proved to be the perfect vantage point for witnessing the various gulleys, reefs and abutments before we dropped anchor and set out for a waterfall that no longer exists (only in the wet season). Within a small cordoned off cave resided aboriginal paintings of what looked like a globe complete with lines of longitude and latitude. An ethereal glow emenated from the fathom deep depths closer to the shore as we returned to the tallship I am temporarily calling home. From there it was on to Hamilton Island for some more sightseeing. For those who have heard of foots artworks Hamilton Island proved to be the workshop in which these beautiful pieces were created. It was amazing to watch such delicate pieces turned out on such a brutal instrument as a benchgrinder.With the crew back on deck we proceeded to set sail and commence our first rotational tack. Another boon was learning to steer with sail as I took the helm and learnt how to use the WDI (wind direction indicator). Another challenge awaits at midnight (the guts watch) with our team challenge tonight. All in all another pefect day in paradise.See you tomorrowCap’n Bob (and Glendon)


20° 23' South / 148° 56'


Course east speed 3 knots. Wind south east 10 knots, temp 20 degrees, skies clear.