Captain's Log
7 January 2009

Have Departed Mackay

Hi Everyone, This morning we commenced our program at 0630 with an Early Morning Activity (EMA), followed by a hearty breakfast, Colours (raise flags and sing National Anthem) then morning brief at. As usual our first morning of the voyage is extremely busy. On completion of morning brief it was straight into a cleaning stations (Happy Hour), this happens every morning so that we start the day with a spotlessly clean ship. Following ���Happy Hour�� it was straight into Bel’s Safety Equipment lecture and to finish of the morning the Watch Leaders spent time with their watches instructing deck safety and some sail setting and furling drills. During this time the contractors continued to work on the generator with the expectation that they would have the defect rectified by mid afternoon. To keep the Youth Crew busy during the afternoon the Sail Master organised some sport at a nearby park followed by a refreshing swim at the beach. Finally, by 1700 our starboard generator was fully serviceable and everyone was back onboard eager to get underway. At 1715 lines were cast off and YE departed Mackay. Once in open water the engines were shut down, sail set and under a very pleasant 12kt north easterly breeze shaped a course to the south east. Being the Youth Crews first night at sea they will spend this evening settling into the sea routine of watches and commence learning how to sail this magnificent ship.Until Tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav

Latitude/Longitude: 21° 7' South / 149° 24' East


Currently located 20nm to the SE of Mackay and experiencing 12kt NE winds with very little swell.