Captain's Log
13 February 2009

Missing you all for Valentines Day

G’day Ship Mates,Overnight we managed to remain under sail making reasonable ground to the North but during the morning watch the light southerly breeze deserted us and the engines were started to help us along. Throughout the day we have had to motor sail due to the light and variable conditions which I’m never totally happy about but that’s life in a tall ship when you have a schedule to keep. None the less, the day remained full with the Youth Crew kept busy as they continue to climb the ever steep learning curve. Master Navigator Dave Jordan had the YC spell bound learning his trade and the charismatic White Watch Leader Taffy led the crew is some fun deck games. Even Lindsay the ship’s engineer was tempted from his rack to run a fun set of rope races. And finally during the dog watches, Mother Nature pitched in with a large pod of frolicking dolphins to keep the YC entertained. Lots of ���ooh ahhs’ there.This evening we remain motor sailing and will commence our crossing of Bass Strait later tonight. For a notorious piece of water it appears we’re in for a smooth passage (touching wood). A bonus of the smoother seas is that the YC have found their sea legs and sea sickness is behind them with only one still suffering. I’m sure she’ll be fine tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, we are thinking of our loved ones and I offered the crew the opportunity to send Valentines messages. They are below.Yours ayeAndrew ���Gunna’ RourkeCommanding OfficerCarpe DiemValentines Day SpecialFrom: Andrew Rourke To: MargaretHi Honey. Although I’m having fun, I’m missing you heaps. You are my Valentine and I love you long time. I can’t wait to see you. xxxxxFrom: Yak to LouHi my Lou, missing you and only seven sleeps to go ���yeah! Go the Tahs ��_ xxx From: Chooka to Mars��_ Missing you heaps and looking forward to seeing you soon��_ You are my one and only Valentine. With all my love. XXXXXFrom: A secret admirer To: Blue SteelYou’re so hot right now, will you be my valentine?! From: Red and White Watch To: Blue SteelYou really raise the bar. You’re the wind in my sails. Forever yours, the hand models xoxFrom: Blue Steel To: The worldWhere are all my roses? From: Snow White (currently not so white!) To: Big Red, Jo, the CCBears and co!���You are so beautiful��_.�� 😛 Have a dance for me tomorrow night, I love you all, see you in just over a week! Massive hug and kisses From: Blue Steel To: KennyWe really do love you and your ���Magnum�� looks. You will make our valentines day special!Love the really really good looking peopleFrom: A secret teacosy admirer To: Paul���you are my sunshine, my only sunshine��_�� 😀 Roses are red, violets are blue, when out to sea, i’m gonna spew!Happy valentines day! From: Kate to BoinyMiss you kid. I wish you could watch the dolphins with me. Love you.From: Grandpa to NannaMay your bag of clothes never empty. From: Clayton To: AliHappy valentines day. Love you so much. I have seen hundreds of Dolphins, jealous much?.. hope you liked your surprise. XX


41° 27' South / 149° 51' East


Co 035, Sp 7 kts. Wind 090 / 7 kts, Sea State 3, partly cloudy and finally warming up (a bit)