Captain's Log
27 June 2012


Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day five, overnight the ship remained underway conducting numerous wears to avoid shoals and reefs as we continued to beat our way south. At 0700 Red Watch awoke all crew not on watch with a catchy ditty they had composed. The morning conditions were overcast which broke up during the forenoon to allow a few precious hours of sunshine to dry the hand washing strung along the ships side.After morning brief and happy hour the ship the Youth Crew climbed aloft casting off the gaskets on the three square sails, then after a short theory presentation from Sail Mistress Kristy-Lee, all three magnificent sails were set, unfortunately to achieve this we had to back track towards Cairns, but it was well worth the effort to look this handsome under a full press of sail.This activity culminated with a Sail Theory lesson from the Captain in order to build on the deck and sail knowledge gained during the voyage. The remainder of the evening was utilised for deck work and climbing consolidation as the three squares were clewed up and the ship re-commenced beating south against the ever present sou east trade winds. Overnight each watch will conduct a challenging teamwork activity in preparation for assuming command of the ship.The Youth Crew have displayed remarkable teamwork and endurance today as the voyage continues to gain momentum with the crew having been awarded their sea legs during the previous 24 hour period. Each are displaying commendable resilience and stamina whilst maintaining enthusiasm and a fantastic sense of humour.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


18°16's / 146°28'e


2200 at sea - weather overcast, wind SE 10 knots, swell SE 0.5 metre, temperature 22 degrees, barometer 1017 hpa