Captain's Log
7 January 2002

Having Trouble Holding On

Can’t type too much tonight ��� having trouble holding on. We are in the middle of a gale with 45-55 knot winds and 5-6 metre seas. Everyone is fine – the biggest challenge today (Monday) and tomorrow is hanging on. We have the storm sails rigged and having quite a bumpy ride at the moment. We are heading for an anchorage somewhere on the north Tassie coast – probably Bridport, to spend the night (we hope) resting.Youth Crew entry by Trent House, age 20 from Tassie.G’day guys, well I’m heading home. What a voyage this is across Bass Strait. We are currently at the Flinders Group in fairly rough seas. We are not getting much sleep at the moment and falling all over the place just trying to hang on. Scary thing for all those who know me, I’m watch leading today. There have been some awesome views out here in the deep ocean. I would like to say hello to mum and dad and the gang and hope she is ready for me to laze around home for weeks after this. Also I would like to say g’day to Lou and everybody else and I’ll see you when I get home.Seeya, Trent. PS The boss is a legendYouth Crew entry by Nick Pitt-Owen, 16, Katoomba NSW.HI MUM. Well we have finally arrived at the Strait and I’ll tell you she didn’t seem too pleased to see us. As we passed through the oil fields last night we experienced some pretty wild conditions beginning with a lightning storm and driving rain. Since then the seas have been the most violent we have seen. The boat has rocked constantly, but I’m now over the sea sickness and am loving every minute of it. I’ve already got a million and one stories to tell. Hope the house isn’t engulfed in bushfires. See you soon. Say hi to Dad, Al, Pez, PK etc. Nick.Stay tunedAndrew Davis


38° 0' South / 149° 25'


CO's LOG Monday 7 Jan 02. Current situation at 1800: In a westerly gale in Bass Strait. Temp 18C.