Captain's Log
2 March 2006

At anchor Deal Is

PAST 24 HOURSThe weather continues to be very kind and the dreaded Bass Staight has shown little of its awesome destructive power to date with a very pleasant sail down to Deal Island. Deal Island is one of the islands in the Kent Island group mid way between Flinders Island of Tasmania and Wilson’s Promontory of Victoria.The wind continuing from the south east at 15 knots has seen all three square sails along with all of our fore and aft sails utilised over the last 24 hours, with some fantastic sailing experienced by all.Our team are feeling better and begining to really enjoy the experience. Here are some comments by the Youth Crew. COMMENTS BY YOUTH CREWHaving a ball. Especially now that the seasickness has gone. JackWe have all begun to get closer and know one another even better, those strangers we met on day 1 are soon becoming close friends. The terms and sail theory that I thought I would never get hold of is now beginning to make sense as we use it more and more. Slowly the seasickness is starting to wear off for those who were unlucky enough to encounter it. The watches continue through the nights, myself lucky enough to have the GUTS watch. This is the stint from midnight to 4.00am. We kept ourselves entertained by telling many stories and learning more and more off Suz and Brodie. Placing fixes on charts and steering the correct course. I was also told the truth aboutDeal Island – that it wasn’t really a five star resort where the rich and famous hung out but an island with only a caretaker on it… After another morning of doing the regular things such as morning brief, dancing with Nanna Diesel, HAPPY Hour and Rope races round 2. We had some lunch and soon after arrived at Deal Island, now it wasn’t quite the thriving resort island that it had been made out to be but it was a beautiful, spectacular place and had this magical feel about it. We went ashore and tackled a massive hill just to getto the museum and then took on the walk up to the lighthouse. Somewere not too keen on the walk side of things and others were findingit a little strange that the earth was now rocking as though we wereat sea still however when we each reached the top in our own time wethought it was well worth the effort. It was getting late so weheaded back down and those of us who were keen jumped in the waterfor lets just call it a refreshing swim.We now have a week left and we are all putting in 100% very quickly learning how to handle this great ship and continuing to get to know one another even more.The experience so far has been challenging yet exciting and adventurous and I look forward to the rest of the journey with anticipation.Jessica RaffertyHey mum, dad, bro, sis. It’s Kate WOOOOHOOO I could write a novel…but Raffs done a good job and it’s late and I’m about to hit thesack. We’re anchored at the mo, so it’s short and sweet watches forthe youth crew tonight, a lovely hour and a half rather than four.see yas in a week 🙂 xoxoxo NAUTICAL TERM OF THE DAYClose Hauled: The general arrangement or trim of a ship’s sails whenshe endeavours to progress in the nearest direction possible contraryto the wind.YOURS AYEDion CurtisLIEUTENANT, RANCAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR


39° 28' South / 147° 19' East


South East 15 Knots