Captain's Log
23 January 2010

Botany Bay

Hi Everyone, Overnight we enjoyed an excellent sail south and by 0900 this morning we were located 10nm to the East of Botany Bay sailing under a reduced sail plan so that we could control our speed and enter Botany Bay later that morning. Following morning brief I conducted Captains Setting and Furling Drills. These drills are designed so that I can evaluate each Watch in their ability to safely set and furl sails in preparation for Command Day. On this occasion all of the watches did extremely well and passed with flying colours. With these drills successfully completed all sail was handed in and we proceeded into Botany Bay coming safely to anchor just of Captain Cooks Landing Place at Sutherland Point at 1200. Following lunch the Youth Crew where ferried ashore where they were given the opportunity to visit Captain Cooks Landing and learn more about this amazing Captain and Navigator. While ashore the weather deteriorated as a 45kt ���southerly buster’ hit Botany Bay. This delayed the return boat runs to the Ship as it was assessed that it was safer to let the worst of the storm pass through prior to ferrying the Youth Crew back onboard. While this was occurring, the Ships RHIB (Ships Boat 4.7m semi-rigid inflatable) provided assistance to a yacht that was having engine problems and had sent out a distress call from near our anchorage position. The RHIB stayed with the yacht until the Police Launch arrived and towed it to safety. With this tasking complete the RHIB returned to Cooks Landing and recovered the Youth Crew. On their return to the ship we enjoyed a BBQ dinner which on this occasion unfortunately had to be cooked in the galley due to the poor weather conditions. On completion of dinner I conducted my Command Day brief which was followed by Command Team elections. To finish the evening everyone made them selves comfortable in the cafe (because its still raining) and enjoyed the classic film ���Around Cape Horn’. Following the screening of this movie and after a very busy day the Youth Crew settled into their anchor watches for the night and proceeded to get a well deserved good nights rest in preparation for the commencement of tomorrows Command Day.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


33° 59' South / 151° 13' East


Currently at anchor in Botany Bay and experiencing strong SW winds with .5m swell.