41° 8' South
174° 15' East
Ahoy Shipmates,

Well, Voyage 02/06 is off to a great start!

Yesterday at 1600 we cast off our lines from windy Wellington, and
headed out into Cook Strait and into 40 knot winds as we battled
across to the Sounds. We got into Tory Channel just on sunset, and
for three hours we had a very pleasant passage up Queen Charlotte
Sound to our anchorage at Ship Cove under a full moon.

Overnight and this morning we completed the safety induction, ship's
tours and some ice breakers, culminating in our first climb. A short
while ago everyone went ashore to Ship Cove to commence the five hour
hike to Furneaux Lodge in Endeavour inlet. A few of the straffies and
I have taken the ship around and anchored her there off the lodge.
When everyone arrives we will be having a BBQ at the lodge, before
getting into anchor watches overnight.

Tomorrow we hope to weigh anchor early and make our way around to
Portage in Pelorous Sound, conducting setting and furling drills,
line handling and deck safety, and tacking practice as we go. The
weather is perfect, so we are looking forward to a great few days.

Until tomorrow,

Yours Aye,


Chris Galloway
Lieutenant Commander, RAN
Commanding Officer