Captain's Log
24 March 2010

Bass Strait … bring it on!

Hi again everyone,A night of strong south westerly winds up the east coast of Tasmania and this morning it freshened even more as we passed Banks Strait. Great to observe the vast majority of the Youth Crew with their sea legs now. By early afternoon conditions had eased enough to allow us to do some more rope races and also learn about \’rules of the road\’ (who gives way to who at sea) and also some navigation from our navigator Joel. At 1500 we entered Bass Strait and while the wind has freshened again it is far from uncomfortable and everyone is eating (lots), which is a good sign. We have started with the Youth Crew helping in the galley (our dish pigs) and they have been fantastic … Kuppie, Tom (the big one – two Toms onboard) and Callum well done today. The Youth Crew have also started putting their new-found navigation skills into practice – I observed Kate and Kathleen\’s first position fix (about five miles out). Not bad compared to Adrian and Earl (12 miles out) … hey, a bit of practice and I\’m sure we will improve. On top of all this we are constantly working the sails, climbing the mast to sea furl (tie up) and cast loose (untie) the square sails as the wind changes, cleaning Ship and of course sleeping. The routine of keeping watch with rounds to check the engines, along with navigation and lookout duties makes a young (and old) person a bit tired.Our course is 015 and we are making 7 knots under motor sail.A bit of favour to ask all our family, friends and loved ones … please do NOT tell my wife Louise that I have been having some ice cream. I know Louise is interstate today so probably not checking the Log (I hope). I have asked the Crew and they said they will keep it a secret … no doubt for a price!Many thanks,Dave J (Yak)Voyage Captain


39° 24' South / 149° 24' East


Westerly wind at 20 knots with a 1 meter sea on a low south westerly swell of 1.5 meters. Air temperature 20 degrees. Barometer is 1023 Hpa and slowly rising as we make ground north and come very much under the influence of a large high pressure system making its way across Bass Strait. Conditions will continue to moderate tomorrow.