Captain's Log
1 January 2014

Day 6 – Apollo Bay to Sea

Ahoy there Shipmates,Happy New Year! Overnight the ship remained at anchor in Apollo Bay. Those that decided to watch the midnight fireworks put on by the Apollo Bay Council were encouraged to hit the rack as soon as possible afterwards. Sail Master Paul got everyone up at 0730 and we got the day started with a 0900 morning brief extravaganza which included Navigator Ricko’s update, ‘Salty’s explanation of the origin of the expression ‘Son of a gun’, my quote of the day on ‘getting the job done’ from President Calvin Coolidge and Nana, who taught the youthies the song ‘I’m a little rocket ship’. Just before lunch Watch Officer Miquela gave the presentation on the ‘nautical rule of the road’.After lunch I gave part 2 of the Sail Theory presentation and we gave the youthies some time off to catch up on missed sleep. At 1500 the wind picked-up to over 45 knots, a lot higher than had been forecast, and our anchor, which had been let go along with 4 shackles of cable, began dragging. Accordingly we prepared the ship to get underway, weighed anchor and commenced our passage to Port Phillip Bay.By 1800 the wind had abated again to less than 10 knots. Tonight it is intended for the watches to practise setting and furling sails overnight, in preparation for ‘Captain’s Setting and Furling’ which is my assessment of the competence of the watches to undertake these activities on Command Day with a reduced level of supervision.Until tomorrow,Yours AyeCaptain Mike     “ 


38° 38' South / 144° 4' East


Weather: overcast with passing showers, Wind: 235/15 knots, Swell: from the west 0.5 metres, Temp: 18 deg. C