33 Deg 37.5 Min South
151 Deg 10.3 Min East
At sea earlier today - light southerly wind at 5 knots, long low southerly swell of 1 meter and clear skies. At Broken Bay - light southerly winds and a top of 22 Degrees - beautiful.
Good evening Everyone, Another delightful day with outstanding weather albeit little wind, which is somewhat problematic in a Tall Ship. This morning we awoke with the Ship to seaward of Norah Head motor sailing south towards Broken Bay. We completed our usual morning routine and then did demonstrational tacks. This gives all the Youth Crew an opportunity to be at the bridge and watch how sail handling and manoeuvring the Ship is controlled. We enjoyed lunch as we motor sailed into Broken Bay, along with the other 10,000 pleasure boats also enjoying the day. After lunch I assessed the Youth Crew's abilities at sail handling during a session called Captain's Setting and Furling. Given we haven't done an extensive amount of sailing I was very pleased with the Youth Crew's efforts - a packet of Tim Tams for each watch as a reward - devoured in seconds. We then had a very enjoyable motor up the creek - Cowan Creek to be precise and no, we weren't up the creek without a paddle. We had our reliable engines and a great Youth Crew to attend all matter of boat requirements as we explored this great stretch of water. The Youth Crew were singing which echoed off the cliffs. Cheers and waves for all passers-by. We anchored later in the afternoon near Waratah Bay. At the completion of rope races we held a special competition, the egg drop. Each of the watches had 15 minutes to use a small brown paper bag, a peg, some string, a small packet of cereal, a lemon and an egg to create something that could be dropped from the lower top (the lowest of the three yards on the foremast) and land on the deck in a bullseye without the egg cracking. The Watches also had to read a story about the egg before they were dropped. We had medical assistance on hand in the form of our Sail Master and Engineer to attend the eggs if needed. Unfortunately all the eggs broke but we did haved great fun. The Youth Crew were in great spirits this evening and most had a peaceful dinner on deck before I spoke with them about Command Day. As I type the Youth Crew are electing people to their positions. Tomorrow's Log will come from the Youth Crew so until then please do take care. Dave J Voyage Captain
In preparation for Command Day from a Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu, "A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him. It is worse when they despise him. Fail to honour people and they fail to honour you. But of a good leader who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, They will say 'we did this ourselves'."