Captain's Log
15 July 2006

At anchor in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island

After an afternoon of sailing and rotational tacks yesterday it was time to test the watches out with the ‘Bear ex’ in the watches overnight. The Bear ex is an exercise that encourages watches to conduct an evolution set for them by their watch leader with little to no staff envolvement. This maybe some thing like setting the storm jib, or bracing the yards from one side of the ship to the other. All watches performed their assigned tasks very well and as morning dawned, Magnetic Island appeared out of the hazy horizon. We anchored just before 0900 and morning brief. Cleaning stations out of the way, it was time to do round three of rope races and a quick swim off the side of the ship prior to a rules of the road lecture.All going well we’ll catch up the BBQ dinner missed at the last anchorage!Below are comments from some of the Youth Crew,Nakita Im glad that the rains have gone, the suns out, went jumping off the boat today, was great beautiful and warm.ChrisWoke up this morning to the first sign of fine weather. Had to climb up the mast to set the sails whilst the ship was moving. Going ashore today hopefully to play some sport and move around. Hopefully be able to call home and friends.Mel aka the blue watch melWoke to the lovley stomping of white watch feet on deck…. someone will end up tiped overboard before the end of this trip if they do it again. The staff have been beating us into line, we have the bruises to prove it! All in all, the trip has been great, and Hector hasnt managed to drive anyone too crazy, so thats all good. Looking forward to comand day… Watchout world!Until next tomorrow…Ian HibbardLEUT, RANVoyage Captain


19° 6' South / 146° 51' East


Wind light and variable, nil swell, sky cloudy (but not threatning to rain!).