Captain's Log
20 July 2011

Day 3 – Broken Bay

Ahoy there everyone,Welcome to day three on our adventure under sail. The ship continued sailing overnight making ground north towards Broken Bay. Weather conditions deteriorated dramatically with wind squalls gusting to 40 knots and a combined sea and swell reaching four metres on the beam. This proved challenging for all onboard yet each person acquitted themselves with distinction most notably those who had never been to sea before often battling motion sickness and those who climbed aloft during the night definitely received a baptism by the elements. With the rising of the sun in an overcast and drizzling sky, the ship handed in the last of the sails and entered the relative shelter of Broken Bay. A sea boat transfer was conducted at Patonga Beach to rotate a member of staff, the ship then continued further into Broken Bay observing stunning waterfalls en-route before eventually anchoring adjacent scenic Cottage Point. After tidying and cleaning the ship from the previous nights pitching and rolling the Crew were stood down in order to achieve some respite after an exhausting yet rewarding first night at sea. Mid afternoon with all hands were mustered on deck where Engineer Leon conducted round one of non-competitive Rope Races enabling the Youth Crew to challenge themselves by remembering and identifying different items of safety equipment located around the upper decks. Dinner was a teak deck BBQ consumed on the upper deck whilst the sun set on the surrounding Kuringi Chase National Park. Next a three way talk activity was conducted; this enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of personal information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; and then present this to the remainder of the crew in the third person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking. After this activity the Youth Crew settled into anchor watches for the night. Due to the forecast gale force winds and six metre seas the intention is to remain at anchor overnight before continuing to sail tomorrow within the confines of Broken Bay. The Youth Crew are displaying commendable resilience and stamina whilst maintaining enthusiasm and a fantastic sense of humour. Until tomorrow evening, take care. ‘Carpe Diem’ Yours Aye Captain Damien


33° 36' South / 151° 12' East


2200 at anchor - Weather Overcast showers, Wind W 8 knots, Swell Nil, Barometer 1016 hpa, Temperature 12 degrees