Captain's Log
V08/17 Sydney (NSW) to Sydney (NSW)
13 April 2017

Day 5 – better sea legs

Good evening All,

Most of the crew were over their sea sickness as we spent another night at sea. Overnight the watches did a BearEx, a challenge with limited instruction and communication, in which the watches had to set and furl various sails. This made for a lot of noise immediately above the Captain’s cabin unfortunately but nonetheless, I appreciate the Youth Crew’s boundless energy and enthusiasm. We achieved more climbing of the masts and setting of the sails before entering picturesque Port Stephens and coming to anchor near the Nelson Bay Marina. We did the usual morning routine followed by rope races and a very interesting presentation from our navigator Kyle on the mystical magic of meteorology (did I spell that correctly?). After lunch and armed with wallets, the Youth Crew proceeded ashore and conducted mid-Voyage talks to check progress against their goals … and also to get chocolate and soda. Back on board we enjoyed a lovely sunset teak-deck barbeque playing, music, playing cards and chatting in groups as we watched the rest of the world go bustling by. As I type the Youth Crew are doing ‘apples and onions’, a feedback session designed to provide good points and points to work on to each other. For some it will no doubt be a very difficult activity but historically, the benefits have been significant. I will be interested to see if it is the same with this Youth Crew (I suspect it will be as the Youth Crew have been great so far in our Voyage). Tomorrow we intend proceeding to sea again and making for Broughton Island off the nmid-north NSW coast for some remote exploring. Until then, take care out there on the land.

Dave J
Voyage Captain


32 Deg 43.0 Min South / 152 Deg 08.5 Min East


At sea this morning - wind southerly at 5 - 7 knots, swell southerly at 1 meter with a slight sea, rain showers. At anchor this afternoon - overcast clearing and then sunny with a top temperature of 22 Degrees, wind initially SW at 10 knots but reducing to light and variable in the evening.