Captain's Log
V06/21 Brisbane to Gladstone
19 June 2021

Departing Brisbane

Ahoy there Shipmates,
Day 1 of the voyage started well, embarking all eighteen of our Youth Crew alongside at HMAS Moreton, in Brisbane. We welcomed them onboard and had a chat about the plan for the voyage. I introduced all the Staff Crew and then as the Ship’s Safety Equipment sailor Dan briefed the Youth Crew, we fare-welled the families and friends who had accompanied the Youth Crew.
We departed the wharf at 1600 and commenced our transit out of the Brisbane River. Conditions during the transit were relatively pleasant as the wind, although fresh, was from astern. We enjoyed dinner, the first of Chef Adam’s meals of the voyage, during the river transit. When we entered Moreton Bay and altered course for Tangalooma, it became obvious that our planned anchorage would not offer sufficient protection from the weather. it was decided instead to seek shelter in the lee of Mud Island, which we achieved at 1900. During the approach to the anchorage Brisbane Harbour Control advised us that a Search and Rescue was underway in the area for personnel who had been lost overboard an overturned yacht. We were asked to keep a lookout for people in the water.
The final activities of the day were the Captain’s, Sailmaster’s and Engineer’s chats. these covered topics such as tips on getting the most out of the voyage, discipline, safety, living together in close quarters, the use of ship’s toilets and showers and concluded with the youth crew being asked to surrender their phones for the rest of the voyage. The youth crew retired to their bunks at 2230 after a busy first day.
Yours aye, Captain Mike


27 16.1' S / 153 18.9' E


Wind South-westerly at 23 knots Sea from the South-west at 2.5 metres Clear skies Temp 14 deg C, feels like 11 deg C