Captain's Log
12 September 2010

Day 5 – Tasman Sea

Ahoy there everyone, Overnight the ship continued underway motor sailing across Bass Strait with our three square sails set. An obscured sunrise saw the ship 10 natical miles south of the Bass Strait oilfields proceeding at five knots. At 0700 the ship was roused by white watches imaginative wakey wakey tune, some of which we are still trying to decipher. It was also pleasing to note that all Youth Crew have now been awarded their new sea legs and are physically adjusted to the motion of the ship, participating with vigour at each challenge or activity.With happy hour complete and the ship at Sail Master Kenny high standard of cleanliness, watches were mustered on the upper deck where round four of rope races was conducted. With a commendable performance by each watch this activity is closely contested on a daily basis. Most notably a dance off competition between Morgan, Tom and Andrew provided some inspiring dance moves accompanied by the Beyonce tune all the single ladies.After a sumptuous lunch rotational tacks (altering course using the wind) were next on the agenda. This required the Youth Crew watches to rotate through each of the tacking stations roles and positions. This activity enabled each member to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how the sails and yards are handled during this important manoeuvring evolution.After a short break I presented a lesson on sail theory to the Youth Crew in order to consolidate the practical aspects of the deck and sail work that they have been conducting over the previous five days. 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 during which each watch will conduct a leadership and teamwork exercise.Over the past five days we have witnessed a significant development in the overall journey of our young adventurers. As a team they have progressed enormously both individually and collectively as the voyage continues to gain momentum. Many have achieved goals they would never have thought possible at the commencement of the voyage showing true perseverance, determination and commitment despite the challenging conditions. The intention is to remain at sea overnight making ground to the North East towards Gabo Island close to the Victorian New South Wales border.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


37° 53' South / 149° 31' East


2200 at sea - Weather Overcast, Wind SE 8 knots, Swell SE 0.5 metre, Temperature 19 degrees, Barometer 1009 hpa