Captain's Log
30 August 2011

Day 6 – Fraser Coast

Ahoy there everyone,Welcome to day six, the morning commenced with a 0700 wakey wakey song composed by White Watch, with morning brief and happy hour complete the watches continued with sail and deck work consolidation as the ship continued sailing south under two square and all fore and aft sails making good 4.5 knots in light NE winds and a half metre swell. Whales were continually spotted breaching, blowing and fluking as the ship remained 16 miles to seaward of Fraser Island. After a magnificent lunch the ship was rigged for silent running by shutting down all non essential power generation and lighting transforming the ship back 100 years with only the sound of the wind in the rigging and the caress of the waves against the hull as the Youth Crew relaxed on the upper decks in the warm sunshine. This spell was lifted when the Engineer Leon conducted the next round of rope races which saw this very close competition step up a level as the watches become more confident and proficient with the lay out of the ship. On conclusion of rope races a man overboard exercise was conducted to ensure that we could safely recover our wayward life ring which was thrown over the ships side. With the exercise successfully completed we recommenced our passage south as each watch continued setting and furling drills in preparation for the Captains safety assessment the following morning. At sunset the ship was abeam the southern tip of Fraser Island. The intention is to remain at sea overnight making ground south towards Mooloolaba. The Youth Crew displayed remarkable teamwork and endurance today spending the majority of the day on the upper decks or aloft. Until tomorrow evening, take care. ‘Carpe Diem’ Yours Aye Captain Damien


26° 19' South / 153° 22' East


2359 at sea - weather scattered showers and thunderstorms, wind S 17 knots, swell E 0.5 metre, temperature 18.5 degrees, barometer 1018 hpa