Captain's Log
18 November 2011


Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day three on our adventure under sail. The ship continued sailing along handsomely at five knots overnight under two squares and all plain sail heading sou’east. Weather conditions provided fresh northerly winds and a one metre sou’westerly swell proved challenging for the some of the Youth Crew ensuring the first night in Bass Strait was a memorable experience.With the rising of the sun in a clear sky, a cheerful wakey wakey song from the on watch Youth Crew, Breakfast was a relatively quiet affair followed by the morning brief, after tidying and cleaning the ship Navigator Kristy-Lee presented a lesson in the fine art of maritime navigation. After lunch Engineer Leon conducted round one of non-competitive Rope Races enabling the Youth Crew to challenge themselves by remembering and identifying different items of safety equipment located around the upper decks.The ship was then called to tacking stations enabling each watch member to rotate through the various positions on deck while numerous tacks and wears were conducted. During the late afternoon a series of squall fronts passed over the ship unleashing a spectacular lightning display interspersed with driving rain.The wind abated during the remainder of the day requiring the engines to be started and the ship motor sailed making ground towards the Kent Island Group.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


39°24's / 146°31'e


2300 at sea - weather intermitant showers, wind SE 10 knots, swell SW 1.5 metres, temperature 18 degrees, barometer 1011 hpa