Captain's Log
2 February 2008

Perfect Conditions

Ahoy Shipmates,This morning saw everyone awake and on deck at 0630 for an early morning swim. Despite the weather still being overcast with the occasional shower most braved the conditions to enjoy the clear and refreshing water of Nelson’s Bay. After morning brief and ���Happy Hour�� we had a visit from our local meteorologist LCDR Paige Butcher who kindly agreed to join us for the morning to present one of her informative and entertaining meteorology lectures. This was followed by a Rule of the Road presentation, lunch and finally the Captains sail theory lecture. At 1330 LCDR Butcher was ferried ashore and the ships boat recovered. YE weighed anchor at 1400 and departed Port Stephens under main engines. Once in open water all fore and aft sails were set and we altered course to the south under a light south easterly breeze. As the afternoon progressed the wind freshened and backed to the east which allowed us to set the topgallant, topsail and finally the new gaff topsail, having us sailing perfectly balanced under full plain sail on a port beam reach. As we made good speed to the south we were joined by a pod of about 20 enthusiastic dolphins who much to the enjoyment of everyone onboard decided to entertain us for the next 30 minutes. Following dinner everyone was back on deck to enjoy the perfect sailing conditions and to witness a spectacular sunset. All of the YC have now overcome their previous bouts of seasickness and are working exceptionally well together. We have now settled into our watches for tonight and are making good speed south towards our next anchorage, which will be in Jervis Bay Yours AyeCaptain Gav


33° 14' South / 151° 57' East


Currently sailing under full plain sail 20nm south east of Newcastle experiencing easterly winds at 12-15kts