Captain's Log
7 November 2008

First Night At Sea

Ahoy Shipmates, This morning was clear and sunny but unseasonably cold for North Queensland. After the normal Early Morning Activity (EMA) and breakfast the YC were introduced to the ceremony of colours before turning to for their first ���Happy Hour’ (cleaning stations). This was followed a detailed safety equipment brief provided by Jay the Bosun, deck safety with the Watch Leaders and finally lunch to finish off the morning activities. As it was a warm afternoon it was decided to let everyone enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool waters of Horseshoe Bay prior to weighing anchor. At 14:00 the anchor was weighed and the ship proceeded out of Horseeshoe Bay into a light north easterly breeze. Given these perfect conditions we immediately set sail and commenced our passage south. Under the guidance of their watch leaders, the YC spent the rest of the afternoon conducting setting and furling drills and learning the intricacies of tall ship sailing. By late afternoon they had managed to set and furl most sails and complete their first set of tacks as a crew. This evening will see the YC settle into their watches for their first night at sea onboard YE and of course try and catch up on some much needed sleep. That sleep will most likely be interrupted sometime throughout the night with the need for everyone to be on deck to tack Ship. Hopefully the weather conditions will remain favourable and we will continue to make good ground to the south. Yours AyeCaptain Gav


19° 9' South / 146° 56' East


Currently sailing under all fore and aft sails and experiencing a 10kt easterly breeze with very little swell.