38° 26' South
145° 15'
Current situation at 1800: At anchor Cowes. Temp 22C. Sultry.
The Bear teamwork exercises went so well last night some YC asked if they could do it again - well they will in a really big teamwork exercise on Wednesday called Command Day. There were also some disappointed faces this morning as the crossing of Bass Strait was not as rough as they would have liked. Crikey! Oh well, there's still a few days to go. As the wind eased we sea furled the squares and had all YC aloft doing this - it was quite a sight. In the afternoon we entered Western Port and anchored off Cowes and held mid-voyage talks and saw a movie (with popcorn) about sailing around Cape Horn. We will go ashore for a walk tomorrow morning in the seaside tourist Mecca that is Cowes before continuing on to Port Philip Bay in the afternoon.

Youth crew entry by Sarah Leitch, age 19 from Adelaide. The voyage so far has been absolutely fantastic. The voyage has been hard work, as we have all had to learn a whole lot of new terminology and sailing terms. At first this was overwhelming, also due to the fact that you are getting to know 23 other young people that you have never met before. I feel that the entire youth crew has grown together due to confines of our environment, and we are able to work as a team to achieve a common goal. On an individual level, this gives me a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction. By communicating with the other members of the crew and my watch, I have felt that we all are there to support each other and help each other out, not just to sail the ship, but in all of the aspects that are involved with living on board.

On an individual level, this voyage has been one of ever expanding boundaries. This voyage has increased my self-confidence, sense of self, and the way in which I view myself. The first time I climbed aloft, I was very apprehensive, and doubted that I could reach the highest point on the forward mast, the Topgallant Yard. The last few days within my watch we have been furling the Topgallant sail or ungasketting it. My first thought was that I would not be able to achieve this. The boundary has been extended in that I feel no apprehension whilst climbing or handling the sails. The adrenalin rush during climbing and once up there is amazing, as well as exhilarating.

The camaraderie between the youth crew as well as with the staff has been absolutely fantastic. These interpersonal relationships provide for fun and enjoyment as well as creating the right environment for sailing and handling the ship.

Having a fantastic time, and looking forward to seeing you all, and telling you all about it when I get back. See you soon ��� Sarah.

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Andrew Davis