41° 15' South
148° 19' East
Wind - WNW 20 knots, sea state 2/3, swell noeglible, sunny and cool.
Ahoy Shipmates,

Well, here we are at anchor in pictureseque Skeleton Bay, just up from St Helens on the NE Coast of Tasmania.

After our shore expedition at Wineglass bay, eveyone returned onboard and we sailed the ship from anchor. Overnight we made our way up the east coast undersai, and by sunrise we were off St Helens point, sailing well in a light NW wind. During the forenoon today we tacked ship, ahd morning breif, completed sail theroy part 1 and rotational tacks (where the watches tack the ship in each other's positions to see what they do) and enjoyed lunch at Jarrod's \Road Kill Grill\".

This afternoon we completed Rope Races, Demonstration Tacks (where the YC get to see the bridge-eye view of tacking the ship) and then Damo's Rules of the Road and weather extravaganza. After this we used the fresh NW breeze to sail the ship to anchor in Skeleton Bay.

Shortly the team will go ashore for beach sport and mid-voyage talks, after which they will return to the ship for a BBQ and three way talks, which is an exercise in public speaking and getting to know each other better.

This Youth Crew are now bonding together as a crew, and are \"learning the ropes\" fast. With Command Day just around the corner I think the competition for positions will be stiff....

Until tomorrow, shipmates,

Yours Aye,


Chris Galloway
Commander, RAN
Commanding Officer"