Latitude: 
43° 20' South
Longitude: 
145° 59' East
Conditions: 
A BIT CHOPPY
PAST 24 HOURS

YESTERDAY AFTERNOON SAW OUR YOUNG ADVENTURERS BEING INSTRUCTED ON THE WORKING PARTS OF SAILS FOLLOWED BY SOME IMPRESSIVE FIRST UP DRILLS. WINDS FROM THE SOUTH EAST ASSISTED OUR CAUSE IN GETTING MANY OF OUR SAILS OUT, HOWEVER THE WINDS WERE NOT QUITE OF SUFFICIENT STRENGTH TO REALLY GET INTO THE SAILING SPIRIT WITH OUR SQUARES SAILS. DESPITE THIS, UNDER PLAIN SAIL WE WERE ABLE TO CONDUCT A NUMBER OF TACKS ENSURING OUR TEAM COULD KNEW THEIR ROLES AND WHAT WAS REQUIRED TO TURN THE SHIP IF REQUIRED.

AS THE SUN SET, SAILING AS FAR SOUTH AS MOST IN THE SHIP HAD EVER
BEEN, THE SOUTHERN TASMANIAN COAST LINE PROVED A MAGNIFICENT
SPECTICAL WITH SOME AMAZING SCENERY.

THE FIRST NIGHT AT SEA PRESENTED SOME OF THE YOUTH CREW A FIRST
OPPORTUNITY TO LAY ALOFT WHILST UNDERWAY. OVER NIGHT WATCHES
CONSOLIDATED SUCH THINGS AS SETTING AND FURLING OF SAILS, HOW TO
STEER THE SHIP, AND HOW TO CONDUCT ROUNDS OF THE ENGINE ROOM AND OTHER COMPARTMENTS WITHIN THE SHIP.

PROCEEDING INTO ANCHOR AT BRAMBLE COVE, PORT DAVY EARLY IN THE
MORNING TO ESCAPE THE BUILDING WEATHER THAT WAS FORECAST (FOR OVER 40 KNOTS) PROVED TO BE A VERY GOOD DECISION. AS DAYLIGHT DAWNED THE YOUTH CREW WERE CONFRONTED BY THE SPECTACULAR AND IMPOSING MOUNTAIN RANGES THAT NOW SURROUNDED THE SHIP. SO AFTER SOME BREAKFAST AND A SNAPPY HAPPY HOUR IT WAS TIME FOR AN UNEXPECTED CHALLENGE. THAT OF CONQUERING MOUNT MISERY . . . A SHORE EXPEDITION IN SOME OF AUSTRALIA'S MOST REMOTE, IN-ACCESSABLE, MAJESTIC AND UNTOUCHED COUNRTY. FEW KNEW OF THE CHALLENGES THAT LAY AHEAD.

AS WE EMBARKED ON OUR SHORE ADVENTURE, THE YOUTH CREW DESPITE BEINGCHALLENGED BY A LITTLE SEA SICKNESS OVERNIGHT APPEAR TO BE IN GOOD SPIRITS. THIS NEXT CHALLENGE WILL BE ONE TO REMEMBER!!! STAY TUNED.

NAUTICAL TERM OF THE DAY
RIG: THE RIG OF A SHIP DENOTES THE MASTS, SPARS, STAYS AND SAILS THAT DRIVE THE SHIP. THE PARTICULAR ARRANGEMENT OF THE MASTS AND SAILS DIFFERENTIATES TYPES OF VESSELS - BARK, BRIG, SCHOONER ETC,
REGARDLESS OF HULL DESIGN. THIS TERM HAS NOW COME TO BE USED IN
REFERENCE TO THE TYPE OF COSTUME OR STYLE OF DRESS.


YOURS AYE

DION CURTIS
LIEUTENANT, RAN
CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR