34° 32' South
153° 14' East
Motorsailing against a light easterly breeze. Wet and squally weather, punching into a low head sea.
Ahoy Shipmates,

We are now well established on our passage to Wellington, and are now just over 100 nautical miles from Sydney, with about 1050nm to go. After we left friends and family yesterday afternoon we went to anchor in Watson's Bay where we completed safety briefs, ship's tours and our first climb - all the way to the Topgallant yard, 30m off the water.

At about 2230 last night we weighed anchor and commenced passage. Everyone kept watches overnight, and about 2/3 of the Youth Crew have been seasick, but Dr Livingstone the ship's medico has been keeping a motherly eye on them all. Today we had \happy hour\" (clean ship is a happy ship) and since then we have been working up to tacking stations where we tack the ship as a crew. This went well and we finished the evolution a short while ago. Now we have settled down into watches overnight, in preparation for a big day tomorrow.

At this stage we will make landfall on the north west part of the south island in about seven days time - we are already looking forward to that!

Until tomorrow, shipmates,

Yours Aye


Chris Galloway
Commander, RAN
Commanding Officer"