Captain's Log
16 July 2008

Another Busy Day

Ahoy Shipmates, This morning we awoke to torrential showers and everyone donned wet weather gear for the 0630 session of our early morning activity (EMA). Following a very wet morning brief and happy hour (cleaning stations) the YC were ferried ashore to view the caves and aboriginal art of Nara Inlet. On their return the anchor was weighed and YE departed Nara Inlet under main engines. Once back in open water the Ship was brought under sail and I conducted Captains setting and furling drills, which is designed to test the Youth Crew’s levels of safety, knowledge and teamwork as a final check before Command Day. Once this exercise was complete we went straight into ���demonstrational tacks’ where each YC member had the opportunity to witness tacking the ship from a command perspective. On completion of these tacks I initiated a Man Overboard Exercise (MOBEX), which besides providing valuable training for the Staff Crew, it also gives the YC an appreciation for the quick responses required by all crew to quickly hand in all sail, manoeuvre the ship and recover a person from the water. Late this afternoon saw YE come to our planned anchorage in Happy Bay (Long Island) were we will remain for the night. This evening we conducted an initiative exercise and a very entertaining Ships quiz. The time is now 20:45 and a very busy days training program is now complete. Everyone is now turning in for a well deserved rest in preparation for the commencement of tomorrows much anticipated Command Day. Yours AyeCaptain Gav


20° 19' South / 148° 50' East


At anchor in Happy Bay (Long Island) and experiencing light SE winds.