Captain's Log
11 December 2007

At Anchor, Robe

Ahoy Shipmates,A relaxing overnight sail last night was used to good effect with continued sail training and team building activities. This morning after round three of rope races (the competition between the watches tightens) and a short break for lunch, the plan for sailing to anchor off Robe was briefed, consolidating yesterday’s sail theory lecture. All went according to plan; we set all plain sail and beam reached into the Bay with the fresh southerly breeze. As we entered the Bay we clewed up the squares and came hard on the wind under fore and aft sail, reducing sail as we approached the eastern side of the Bay, tacking just short of the beach and further reducing sail as we approached our anchorage position, and finally rounding up into the wind, handing all sail and dropping the anchor as the ship lost way. Throughout the youth crew demonstrated their growing tall ship knowledge and confidence as they set, furled and handled sails, allowing us all the rewarding experience of sailing a square rigged vessel in a challenging environment.This afternoon we stretched our legs ashore and explored the small picturesque town of Robe. This evening it’s all aboard for another deck barbecue and our first night at anchor since departing Devonport. We will reduce to anchor watches tonight allowing staff and youth crew some extra sleep ensuring we are well refreshed to continue with more adventure over the next several days.Yours Aye,Captain Bob


37° 9' South / 139° 46' East


Wind Southeast 12 knots, calm seas, clear skies.