Ahoy Shipmates,This morning found us 30nm to the east of Flinders Island making good ground to the northeast. The wind backed to the southwest overnight but due to the light conditions we continued to motorsail into Bass Strait. This morning saw the YC complete another good set of cleaning stations (happy hour), followed by another hotly contested set of rope races and a “Rule of the Road” lecture, given by our resident Officer of the Watch and Boats Officer Trish.After another fantastic lunch provided by Chad and his assistants (YC), I had the task of imparting some theoretical knowledge of sailing a tall ship to the YC. This was followed by a set of well conducted rotational tacks. This evolution gives the YC the opportunity to experience and gain an appreciation for each others position and gives them a better understanding of ship management in preparation for the rapidly approaching Command Day.We are now northeast of Flinders Island making good speed across Bass Strait in perfect conditions (very unusual for Bass Strait). If we can maintain our current course and speed we should anchor just of the township of Eden by late tomorrow morning allowing everyone a chance to get ashore for a well deserved leg stretch.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently motorsailing across Bass Strait under all fore & aft sails in a light 10kt southeasterly breeze.