Captain's Log
29 October 2010

Day 4 – Tasman Sea

Ahoy there everyone, Overnight the ship remained at anchor in Twofold Bay adjacent the Eden breakwater. Just after the sun crested the horizon the Youth Crew were energetically commencing their Early Morning Activity on the upper deck. After a hearty breakfast below, all hands were again back on the upper deck with vigour for the morning brief during which time the ���Salty Sea Dog’ Watch Officer Jarrod regaled us with tales of a bygone era when ships were made of wood and sailors were made of steel. After morning brief had completed both the ships sea boats were launched and the Youth Crew were ferried ashore with their watch leaders to wobble around the town of Eden, most notably visiting the intriguing Eden Killer Whale Museum and hugging a tree to reacquaint their land legs. By 1200 all hands had returned to the ship for a magnificent lunch from Chef Adrian, After lunch Engineer Josh commenced round three of ���rope races’, which saw the ���non’ disappear from the non-competitive title as the watches gained confidence in the lay out and terminology of the ship in order to locate the various nominated items. Once ���happy hour’ (cleaning stations) had been completed the Youth Crew collectively proceeded aloft on the foremast to cast loose the gaskets on all square sails in preparation for departing the anchorage. When all the Youth Crew had returned to the deck the ship weighed anchor only to discover that the anchor had fouled on an old discarded wire hawser. The ship let go the second anchor and the fouled anchor was cleared. To ensure that all underwater fittings were not obstructed by the wire hawser the Captain took a breath hold dive to inspect the hull confirming that all was clear.The ship re-commenced weighing anchor at 1650 and departed Twofold Bay with fore and aft sails set on a port tack beam reach in a 20 knot North Easterly wind and two metre seas. After rounding Green Cape the ship bore away to the South and set our three magnificent square sails. With the wind increasing to 30 knots the ship was sailing along on a broad reach port tack making good a handsome 9.5 knots. The marine life remained abundant with frolicking whales, playful seals and a plethora of seabirds accompanying the ship keeping the helmsman and lookouts entertained.To sustain the Youth Crew work rate and morale, Sensei Chef Adrian once again served up a truly inspirational meal with the help of his three apprentice master chefs (Youth Crew galley hands), this was followed by his famous ���kryptonite’ chocolate mousse rumoured to even stop Superman in his tracks!It has been another extremely busy and rewarding day for the Youth Crew. With a following sea conducive to a peaceful nights sleep for all either side of a four hour bridge watch. The intention is to remain at sea overnight making ground to the south towards Wilsons Promontory. Until tomorrow evening.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


37° 46' South / 149° 58' East


2300 at sea - Scattered Cloud, Wind NE 30 knots, Swell NE 2.5 metres, Temperature 18 degrees, Barometer 1014 hpa