Captain's Log
15 November 2000

Drying Our Clothes

Well we finally left Sydney – ‘hooray’ was the collective cry, followed later in the afternoon with some cries of a different kind as some very green faces appeared. The swell has died down and the wind has moderated but the motion of the ship is a whole lot different from the last two nights spent at anchor. The day was, to say the least, very soggy, but as I’ve mentioned before spirits onboard are still very high and we’re all glad to be at sea, at speed.The first hours at sea were great. The ship was greeted by a school of dolphins that played under the bow for a while. Then we went to tacking stations for the first time and everybody took it in their stride and performed really well – champion effort guys. We’re all now settled in our watches and running before a 15-knot breeze – it has been noticeable how quickly the rain has eased since leaving Sydney.Tomorrow we’ll enter Jervis Bay or ‘JB’ and spend the day there – hopefully drying out our clothes in the warm sunshine.Speak tomorrowAndrew Davis


34° 0' South / 151° 10'


Current situation at 1800: At sea off Wollongong, heading southwest - running square for Jervis Bay. Wind 040/15 knots, temp 18C.