Captain's Log
2 December 2009

My stomach is empty and my brain is full

Ahoy there me hearties,We woke this morning to another cold and blustery day with a busy day scheduled ahead. After a hearty breakfast we had the morning ceremony of ���colours’ with the raising of our flags and the national anthem sung with great gusto. We briefed the Youth Crew (YC) on a whole manner of things prior to being introduced to the delights of ���happy hour’ where we give the ship a good clean.During cleaning stations the anchor was weighed and the ship motor sailed south into Storm Bay. There was still a fresh southerly blowing making for a bumpy ride and the ridiculously low temperatures (for February in any case). Following cleaning stations the YC commenced their big day of instruction that included safety equipment, line handling, sail setting and furling and culminating in their first set of tacking drills. Whilst this was all occurring the ship continued passage out of Storm Bay before being able to bear away to the north once past and clear of Tasman Island. This also enabled the engines to be shut down which is always a great pleasure. Unfortunately the motion of the ship was uncomfortable for some and some of Chad’s excellent cooking was recycled over the side with sea sickness. It wasn’t just the YC to suffer as two of the watch leaders managed to lose their lunch as well. I will not say who, but lets just say the Kenny was fine and of strong stomach.After the evening meal the YC have settled into their watches for the night ahead. Currently we have a light southerly wind pushing us along nicely to the north east with all plain for and aft sails set and the three square sails filling nicely. It has been a long but positive day today and whilst we have these southerly winds we make hay while the sun shines and proceed north as quickly as we can. We will enter Bass Strait tomorrow night and I expect we will have at least three nights at sea before we next anchor. Carpe DiemAndrew ���Gunna’ RourkeCommanding Officer


43° 1' South / 148° 17' East


Sea State 3, Wind 180 10 kts, Co 040 , Sp 4.5 kts