Captain's Log
27 May 2010

At Anchor Nelsons Bay

Hi Everyone, Overnight with the assistance of strong south easterlies and a following sea we made good ground to the north. Sunrise found us located 12nm to the east of Port Jackson sailing on a broad starboard reach under a full press of sail. In these conditions we were achieving respectable speeds of up to 8kts and sailing extremely well. As the day progressed the weather improved and it was pleasing to be exposed to some much needed sunshine. Given these conditions our training program was reactivated with earnest, firstly, with a very good set of rotational tacks following shortly after by demonstrational tacks. Both of these activities are designed to give the Youth Crew a better understanding of how the ship is manoeuvred under sail and are both important activities in the lead up to tomorrows Command Day. To complete the afternoon’s activities I conducted Captains Setting and Furling Drills and am happy to report that all 3 watches successfully passed this activity.With these activities complete all sail was handed in and we entered Port Stephens coming safely to anchor in Nelson’s Bay at 1700. Following another one of Chef Snowy’s amazing dinners I conducted the Command Day brief which was followed by the Youth Crew’s Command Day elections. The time is now 2100 and the elections are now complete. The Youth Crew will now settle into anchor watches for the night and get a good nights rest in preparation for what should be a challenging Command Day.Until Tomorrow, take care. Yours AyeCaptain Gav


32° 42' South / 152° 8' East


Currently at anchor in Nelsons Bay and experiencing light SE winds with nil swell.