20° 18' South
149° 3' East
Sea calm, wind SSE 10-15 knots
Ahoy Me Hearties,

Voyage 12 has gotten off to a great start - we spent the first night alongside in the picturesque marina at Hamilton Island to wait for this morning's tide. Overnight we did our ice-breaker activities, ship's tours and first climb to the top of the foremast.

This morning we sailed from Hammo after morning brief and en-route to our anchorage at Whitehaven we had \happy hour\" (fun cleaning and all the chemicals you want for free...) and a talk from \"Captain Safety Man\" (aka Jock, the Bosun, ably assited by his ugly side-kick, \"Miss EPIRB\" - some blokes shouldn't wear dresses, Simon!). We have stopped here from lunch and a run around on one of the world's most spectaclar beaches, before we head off out to sea and a busy after noon of line handling and deck safety, setting and furling drills, and learning to tack the ship.

Tonight we will sail in our watches, and will probably have to tack the ship regularly in the confined waters inside the Great Barrier Reef. Not much sleep there, I'm afraid!

Until tomorrow, shipmates,

Yours Aye,


Chris Galloway
Lieutenant Commander, RAN
Commanding Officer."