Captain's Log
17 August 2011

Back at Sea …

Good evening everyone, We sailed from Coffs Harbour at 7:30 am and motor sailed north along the NSW coast in a building northerly wind. After our morning brief and \’happy hour\’ I had opportunity to talk with the Youth Crew about sails and some of the theory about sailing. We saw a number of frollicking whales and many dolphins. We dodged a few rain squalls and then settled in for lunch – a hard life really. Despite the Ship building up some small motion it was pleasing to see the vast majority of people have their sea legs.After lunch we had another round of rope races and then mid-Voyage talks … a chance for the Youth Crew in their respective watches to provide feedback on progress to date. We then did some rotational tacks to provide everyone an appreciation of what others do during our busy tacking stations.As I type we have settled into the watch-keeping routine for the night and will do our Bearex (a practical communications activity) overnight … more on that tomorrow. Currently just passing the township of Yamba and the Clarence River.Until then …Yak (Voyage Captain)


29° 26' South / 153° 25' East


Wind: 020 at 19 knots, swell; E at 1 metre, Sea State; 3 Sea from the north at 0.5 metre, Barometer 1018 Hpa and falling, Air Temp; 18 degrees. Expecting the front through at 3:00 am tomorrow and from there hopefully some great sailing with westerly winds.