Captain's Log
30 October 2010

Day 5 – Bass Strait

Ahoy there everyone, Overnight the ship continued through the Tasman Sea paralleling the South East Coast running under three square sails and a storm trysail, with the wind continuing to back and veer during the night requiring fine adjustments to the sail plan, this kept the deck watches busy along with applying practical navigation techniques and conducting engineering rounds. Wakey wakey at 0700 saw Red Watch put in a lot of effort to perform a stirring tune to arouse all onboard for breakfast and then morning brief. It was also pleasing to note that all Youth Crew have been ���awarded’ their new sea legs and are physically adjusted to the motion of the ship, participating with vigour at each challenge or activity.Next Watch Officer Jarrod presented a ���Rules of the Road’ lecture, an important component of safely navigating the ship to avoid colliding with other vessels or running aground. Then Chef Adrian and his galley hands crafted a stunning buffet lunch ensuring that energy levels and morale were kept at a high level. After lunch Navigator Joel conducted round four of ���rope races’ which indicated that some of the terminology and upper deck equipment locations are being assimilated, though there are still the occasional dazed and confused look when trying to identify the nominated item.Rotational tacks (turning the ship using the wind) were next on the agenda. This required each of the Youth Crew watches to rotate through each of the tacking stations roles and positions. The ship conducted four wears (turning the stern through the wind also known as a gybe in a yacht) as we passed through the two way route adjacent the Bass Strait Gas and Oil Platforms. This enabled each member to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how the sails and yards are handled during this important manoeuvring evolution.The remainder of the afternoon was utilised to conduct further deck work and climbing aloft to consolidate critical safety techniques and skills. This culminated with a quiz from Sail Master Dutchy prior to another fulfilling dinner by Chef Adrian.It has been yet another busy and engaging day for the Youth Crew, and with the continuing following sea should see a restful nights sleep for all either side of their four hour bridge watch. Overnight The Youth Crew watches will be challenged with a ���Bear Exercise’ by completing an unfamiliar team orientated task with limited instruction in a set time, developing various methods of communication, leadership and teamwork skills. Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


38° 58' South / 147° 12' East


2100 at sea - Weather passing showers, Wind NW 20 knots, Swell NE 2 metres, Temperature 16 degrees, Barometer 1007 hpa