Captain's Log
26 October 2009


Hello again everyone,We awoke to a beautiful day and after another great breakfast thanks to Chad our chef, the Youth Crew were introduced to the morning brief routine where we sung the national anthem, pulled the flags up and heard things about the Ship and our routines from some of the Staff Crew. We then went and did one of the most joyous activities on board called Happy Hour – you guessed it …. cleaning!An hour or so getting ship shape and we could then get into some fun stuff – learning to set and furl the sails. It threatened to rain at one point but that didn’t stop us getting through a heavy practical session and this allowed us to sail for sea shortly after lunch.We motor sailed (combination of noisy engines and peaceful sails) until we were just to the west of Rottnest Island, passing a number of ships on the way out and sighting four whales peacefully doing their thing. Later in the afternoon we altered course to the south and were able to set some of the square sails and turn off the engines – yeah! I put the Youth Crew through their paces at ‘Tacking Stations’ where we alter course and the sails need to be adjusted to cater for our new angle to the wind. We needed to be able to prove we could adjust our course under full sail to avoid shipping if needed throughout the night. Having demonstrated our capability it was off to dinner with the Ship settling into the watch keeping routine overnight.The Youth Crew are really starting to gel and favourable weather conditions should allow us to maximise the opportunity to learn and develop over the next 24 hours or so.Until tomorrow all the best,Dave J (Yak)Voyage Captain 


32°8's / 115°18'e


Wind - northerly at 10 knots (just enough to fill the square sails), sea state -slight on a very low swell (sort of rocks you to sleep really). We have a half moon and the rain seems to be staying clear of us (there is a slow moving trough that has just crossed the coast and moving eastwards and this has brought some showers but we seem to be skirting those by being out to sea). The thermometer is telling us 20 degrees C but I think it is a bit cooler than that. As of 8:00 pm we were 10 nautical miles to the south west of Rottnest Island on a course of 210 at a speed of 4 knots. Great conditions for our first night at sea proper.