Captain's Log
14 August 2011

Our first night … at sea!

Hi (again) Land Lubbers,I say \’again\’ not because I wrote last night but because I have just lost tonight\’s version of the Log entry due to my unfamiliarity with a new lap top … the delete button is where the end button used to be. I can\’t even blame the roll of the ship because it certainly isn\’t rough. Anyways, I digress …We had a hectic start to the day with the Youth Crew introduced to \’Happy Hour\’ – yes you guessed it, a chance to clean Ship. We then departed the wharf at 10:00 am and proceeded down the Harbour. Opportunity was taken for a more detailed safety brief. It always astounds me that the shortest person gets to demonstrate the \’one (huge) size fits all\’ thermal protective suit. Think large inflatable orange Michelin Man with not so big person inside.On clearing the harbour we motored into a 1.5 metre easterly swell and a south easterly wind at about 15 knots. Not too rough but enough for some to succumb to mild sea sickness. But that didn\’t seem to get in the way of us learning to set (pull out) and furl (put away) the sails. Lunch was plentiful, although some chose the \’light\’ option of a Sao biscuit and some water. We continued practicing our sail handling as we passed the beautiful town of Anna Bay (hi to Cooper\’s family) and then later in the afternoon we went to tacking stations where we are each assigned a specific line to control or task to do so we can alter the course of the Ship while under sail. This allows us to avoid other ships, navigational hazards and of course land. After successfully doing that we settled into our watch-keeping (shift) routines where we keep lookout for other ships and lights, helm (steer) and do rounds to go and check on all the machinery and note the weather in our log … and of course handle the sails if the wind changes. Outside of our assigned 4-hour watches the main focus is on sleeping or  eating.Four members of Blue Watch along with their Watch Leader \’Tug\’ climbed the fore-mast to the lower-top (platform) to watch a beautiful sunset.The Ship has a pleasant motion as we motor sail up the NSW coast, passing Port Stephens a short while ago and as I type abeam Sugar Loaf Point where the famed East Australian Current is often at its strongest. The wind has eased considerably as the night has gone on so we will no doubt be motor-sailing throughout the night making a gentle 6 knots (10 km/ph?).On behalf of a tired but well performed Youth Crew who have almost got their sea legs, take care and look for tomorrow night\’s Log entry.Yours Aye,Yak (Voyage Captain)


32° 28' South / 152° 36' East


The wind is currently from the South East at 7 knots. Barometer 1022 Hpa. Swell SE at 0.5 metre with a slight sea. Not experiencing much effect from the East Australian Current - perhaps 0.5 knot against us over the past 2 hrs so we are not losing too much speed. Expecting these conditions to last throughout the night.