40° 57' South
174° 15' East
The wind is from the NW at 25kts
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Over the last 24 hours we have had a pretty full-on time. Yesterday
morning we had morning brief, \happy hour\" and the last of our safety
briefs, before lunch. After lunch everyone was landed ashore for the
four hour hike to Furneaux Lodge, where we had a swim, played sport,
and had a BBQ. Once back onboard, we had a quiet night in anchor
watches overnight.

This morning we weighed anchor at 0745 and are now sailing around to
Portage in Pelorus Sound. The wind is from the NW at 25kts, and is
forecast to reach storm force in teh Cook Strait (up to 75kts) later
this afternoon. We should be snugly at anchor by then.

This afternoon we will complete setting and furling drills for all of
the fore and aft sails, and tonight we will complete three-way talks.
Tomorrow we will have a shore expedition before moving anchorage
closer to the entrance to Pelorus Sound in preparation for the trip
through French Pass to Nelson on Thursday.

Until tomorrow,

Yours Aye,


Chris Galloway
Lieutenant Commander, RAN
Commanding Officer