Captain's Log
20 January 2011

Day 6 – Bass Strait

Ahoy there everyone, Overnight the ship remained at anchor in Refuge Bay, Wilsons Promontory with all hands awaking at 0630 to a stunning sunrise and an early morning activity on the upper decks culminating with BBQ bacon and egg rolls for breakfast. After morning brief and while the ship was receiving her daily cleanse, the anchor was weighed and the ship departed the picturesque cove returning to the high seas of Bass Strait. With a fresh easterly wind, the three square sails were set cracking an impressive eight knots, and what a majestic sight we made under a full press of sail rounding the south eastern point of Australia escorted by a pod of dolphins frolicking in the bow wave. 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). After lunch round three of rope was conducted 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. Next I presented the first 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 during the voyage. The remainder of the afternoon was spent either on watch or challenging themselves by once again proceeding aloft on the foremast, pushing their mental and physical barriers to achieve personal goals, build confidence and develop inner strength, determination and drive as the ship continued forging west with a following sea.It has been another extremely busy and rewarding day for the Youth Crew. With the weather abating 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 towards Point Nepean where we will pass through The Rip and enter Port Phillip Bay during the forenoon before anchoring later that day in the vicinity of the Mornington Pier in preparation for Command Day when the Youth Crew will assume control of this fine vessel for 24 hours. Until tomorrow evening.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


38° 48' South / 145° 20' East


2200 at sea - Weather cloudy, Wind E 16 knots, Swell E 1.0 metre, Temperature 20 degrees, Barometer 1010 hpa