37° 40' South
149° 50' East
Wind SSE at 10 knots, sea calm, weather clear but cool.
Ahoy Shipmates,

At last we are heading into Bass Strait enroute to Tassmania - Here is what YC Sian has to say about things so far:

Today has been a beautiful day. We set off after a bbq breakfast on deck after the usual oh-too-early morning wake-up call. We've all got a bit more energy as last night we only had 'anchor watches' for a couple of hours each throughout the night.

Blue skies, light winds and whales putting up a show all day have made it lovely to just laze around decks in between tacking drills etc. Food is great, and I think everyone is starting to get into the swing of things a bit. I'm even shocked to say I'm getting used to waking up at all hours and be ready to junp to action in seconds - who would've thought (hear that Dad??)! Enjoying the pirates life.

Thanks Sian - Love ya work!

This afternoon we had our first sail theory lecture, followed by \rotational tacks\". This is where we swap tacking stations to see what the other watches do. We are now cruising into Bass Strait at a steady nine knots (about 17 kph) with a full press of fore and aft sails and the motors running. We hope to make the 170 nm to Deal Island overnight, arriving mid to late afternoon tomorrow.

Until tomorrow ye lubbers,

Yours Aye,


Chris Galloway
Lieutenant Commander, RAN
Commanding Officer