Captain's Log
11 November 2008

Heading For Port Phillip Bay

Ahoy Shipmates, This morning the Crew of YE awoke to a spectacular morning at Deal Island. Following our normal 0630 early morning activity (EMA), breakfast and morning brief preparations were made for our departure. At 0900 the anchor was weighed and YE departed East Cove via the southern end of Murray Passage. Once clear of the passage we rounded the very rugged Dover Island, set all fore and aft sails and shaped course for Port Phillip Bay. As the conditions were light and variable and we required a speed of 6kts to achieve our tidal window through the Rip (entry to Port Phillip Bay) I decided to motor sail for the morning and make as much ground to the NW as possible. During the rest of the morning we continued with the training program stopping at 1100 for 1 minutes silence to pay our respects on Remembrance Day. Following lunch I took the opportunity to spend time with each of the watches to discuss sail theory and in particular the intricacies of sailing YE. To complete the afternoon we completed a final set of demonstrational tacks, this activity gives the YC the opportunity to experience the procedures for tacking the ship from the bridge so that they have a better understanding of the orders and procedures required to successfully carry out this manoeuvre. During the night watches tonight the YC will complete the Apples and Onions exercise (communications exercise) and the ���BEAREX�� (initiative & teambuilding exercise) and continue to consolidate their sailing and navigation skills in preparation for the fast approaching Command Day.Tomorrow morning will see us enter Port Phillip Bay and head to our next anchorage just of the township of Rye, which is located on the Mornington Peninsular. Until Tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


38° 56' South / 145° 43' East


Currently 80nm to the SE of Port Phillip Bay and experiencing light NE winds with a 1.5m SW swell.