Captain's Log
3 April 2011

Day 6 – Central Coast

Ahoy there everyone, Overnight the ship remained at anchor at Nelson Bay in Port Stephens. At 0630 all hands were up on deck conducting an early morning activity prior to a BBQ breakfast. After morning brief and happy hour the ship weighed anchor in glass like conditions and departed the bay for sea. Once clear of the heads a one metre swell and light winds gently caressed the ship as we shaped a course south in sultry conditions.During the forenoon all hands were mustered midships where 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. After lunch round four of rope races was conducted, this event continues to be energetically contested for the mystery final prize. 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.After dinner with a full press of sail set and a crimson sunset as a backdrop the ship majestically sailed south on a broad reach port tack making good five knots in favourable conditions. The intention is to remain underway overnight before anchoring in Broken Bay tomorrow afternoon. Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours ayeCaptain Damien


33° 26' South / 152° 5' East


2300 at sea - Weather overcast, Wind SE 27 knots, Swell SE 2.5 metres, Temperature 22 degrees, Barometer 0115 hpa