Captain's Log
2 July 2002

Knots, Bends, Hitches, Whales!

Situation at 20:00Today has been chock full of activities and there are some weary looking faces onboard. Throughout the night watches the Youth Crew completed their second climb aloft, this time to the T’Gallant yard.Knots, bends and hitches practise also helped their four hours on watch fly by.At today’s morning brief Watch Officer Nathan explained the nautical connection of several common place terms and put out a challenge to the Youth Crew that he can provide a nautical answer to any possible question they can think of. Good Luck Nathan.After Happy Hour, Captain Safety made an appearance and, along with his beautiful assistant ‘Ragella’, explained in detail thecorrect use of each piece of safety equipment onboard. We weighed anchor at 10:00 and shaped a course to clear Hervey Bay. During the afternoon we were fortunate enough to see several Whales frollicking on the surface and providing us with quite a spectacle. We also came across a drifting ‘Tinny’ that looked as though it had drifted off a beach at high tide. We marked it with several lights and arranged for a Charter boat to pick it up and return it to its owner.After a quick bite of supper, the Youth Crew continued with setting and furling drills as well as practising their tacking drills. It is a very weary group that are either closing up on watchor catching a few hours sleep before being shaken for their turn back on deck. Despite their tiredness, spirits remain high and everyoneonboard is hoping that tomorrow will see some wind come our way so that the ‘Iron Jib’ can be put to rest and Tallship sailing can beginin earnest.Thought of the day: Do not pray for easy times, pray to be stronger. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your tasks. John F KennedyYours, AyeJohn Cowan


24° 16' South / 153° 19'


Wind-0 kts (light airs)