V08/17 Sydney (NSW) to Sydney (NSW)
09 Apr - 19 Apr 2017
32 Deg 43.0 Min South
152 Deg 08.5 Min East
At sea this morning - wind southerly at 5 - 7 knots, swell southerly at 1 meter with a slight sea, rain showers. At anchor this afternoon - overcast clearing and then sunny with a top temperature of 22 Degrees, wind initially SW at 10 knots but reducing to light and variable in the evening.
Good evening All, Most of the crew were over their sea sickness as we spent another night at sea. Overnight the watches did a BearEx, a challenge with limited instruction and communication, in which the watches had to set and furl various sails. This made for a lot of noise immediately above the Captain's cabin unfortunately but nonetheless, I appreciate the Youth Crew's boundless energy and enthusiasm. We achieved more climbing of the masts and setting of the sails before entering picturesque Port Stephens and coming to anchor near the Nelson Bay Marina. We did the usual morning routine followed by rope races and a very interesting presentation from our navigator Kyle on the mystical magic of meteorology (did I spell that correctly?). After lunch and armed with wallets, the Youth Crew proceeded ashore and conducted mid-Voyage talks to check progress against their goals ... and also to get chocolate and soda. Back on board we enjoyed a lovely sunset teak-deck barbeque playing, music, playing cards and chatting in groups as we watched the rest of the world go bustling by. As I type the Youth Crew are doing 'apples and onions', a feedback session designed to provide good points and points to work on to each other. For some it will no doubt be a very difficult activity but historically, the benefits have been significant. I will be interested to see if it is the same with this Youth Crew (I suspect it will be as the Youth Crew have been great so far in our Voyage). Tomorrow we intend proceeding to sea again and making for Broughton Island off the nmid-north NSW coast for some remote exploring. Until then, take care out there on the land. Dave J Voyage Captain
Calvin Coolidge was a man of few words but when he spoke, this very popular US President was listened to. I love the way he highlighted the middle-ground and promoted the core of people's being. He said "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not - nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not - unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not - the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race".