Captain's Log
6 August 2009

Heading up the East Coast of Fraser Island

Hi Everyone, During the early hours of this morning the wind freshened from the south west which enabled us to set squares for the first time this voyage. Sunrise found YE 12nm to the north east of Double Island Point making good a steady speed of 5kts. As the conditions were perfect this morning the on watch Youth Crew took the opportunity to climb aloft with their Watch Leader and witness their first spectacular sunrise from the topgallant yard. Following morning brief and the normal routine of cleaning stations (happy hour) the ship was called to tacking stations so that we could take advantage of the stronger conditions and consolidate our tacking drills. Once this activity was completed YE returned to her base course and recommenced her passage up the east coast of Fraser Island. Early afternoon saw us conduct our first set of rope races, which was a closely contested event between all three watches. This was followed by a very informative lesson on the scientific art of navigation given by Adam the ships Navigator. The wind moderated to less than 5kts late in the afternoon which forced us to clew up all squares and utilise main engines with the hope that the wind will again freshen later this evening. During the night watches tonight the YC will consolidate their newly found sailing and navigation skills as the ship continues to make ground towards our planned anchorage at Lady Musgrave Island. Until tomorrow take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


24° 37' South / 153° 26' East


Currently located 9nm to the NE of Sandy Cape and experiencing very light SW winds with a .5m swell