Captain's Log
10 July 2001

Pray for Us Tired Ones

We expected to see the green flash at sunset today, though we were again disappointed. Folklore suggests many mystical powers of this phenomenon. As early as 1892 Jules Vern, among others, had written of ‘le rayon vert’ suggesting that those who have seen it would be impossible to deceive in matters of sentiment, others suggesting that certain herbs would attain miraculous healing powers if exposed to its beam. Maybe tomorrow.The youth crew command day is progressing well, so I’ll leave it to Captain Jay and her crew to fill in the details.Until tomorrow, in the safe hands of the youth crew,Matthew RoweYouth Crew Captain’s Log from Janice Jeffries, 21 Melbourne.Well it has been my privilege to be chosen for Captain today. It has been a wonderful challenge and it is not over. Our destination is Cable Beach, Broome. The crew have been doing amazing. We have worked together as a team right from the start. The XO for the day (second in charge) is Bill. This morning we sailed the ship from anchor and went along with the slow breeze until we received a distress call from a boat, taking on water in our region. Immediately we made the decision to help them out. On motoring over to them the call was cancelled, so off we went once again on our course. We then struggled with the head wind and the current for a while. Hopefully later on tonight we will be able to sit back and enjoy enjoy enjoy. The crew are staying positive, however they are tired. So those of you that pray can pray for us tired ones. The original crew are enjoying their break from command by playing jokes and dressing up. The staff here are all great fun but very wild. Just what we need to keep us amused.Cheerio to my family, seeing you all soonYouth crew entry by Carly Dove (22) from Darwin.G’day everyone, I’m still alive and sane half way through command day. What a challenge today has been for both the youth and staff crew. I think the oldies are showing great tolerance as we work our way through our challenge. We’re not quite on time but everyone seems to be having a good day. Earlier in the day we had our first thrilling experience of real sailing, 20-knot wind pushing us at about 7 knots. I took the opportunity to sit out on the bowsprit and watch the water rise and fall rapidly just below my feet. A huge highlight for all was the two whales swimming nearby, one of which was actually jumping out of the water. Looking forward to a shower that lasts more than 90 seconds that allow some real odour removal and hair cleaning. A special hello to Ma and Pa and my big sisters and Bro who will have been checking on our progress daily, and also to Matty Joe, see you soon buddy. Carls.Youth Crew Entry from Andrew Lyons (16) from Melbourne.Hi guys, well today has been a real challenge for the crew as we took control of the ship all by ourselves. We had been preparing for this day for the last 7 days and were all feeling at little nervous. There was some really good strong wind today which finally gave us the chance to do some real sailing. The bigger seas today made me feel a bit seasick for the first time on this trip, but I am starting to feel better now they have eased and we have time to relax and do some star gazing. I’ve never seen so many stars. The meals on board continue to be delicious, I feel like I’m the size of the whale we saw today. We’ve been eating ’til we’re tired and sleeping ’til we’re hungry 🙂 It’s time for sleep now, hopefully tomorrow I’ll have time to lay aloft once again, and hang out with my ace watch leader Carls. Love to mum, dad and family – AndrewYouth Crew Entry from Peta Baxter (16) from Brisbane (Brisvegas).Hi everyone. You’ll be glad to hear that I am still alive and kicking. Command day today would have to have been one of the most challenging and rewarding days we’ve had on the voyage, especially for me, as I was one of the chefs. Myself, Alex and Ashley prepared and cooked the meals for the entire crew (they eat lots). Our efforts were rewarded as we got visited by a whale. Cheers to mum and dad and the Fam, see you soon, Pete.Youth Crew Entry from Emily Maclean (21) from Sydney.Today has been such a great experience – taking charge of the boat – facing many a challenge. I was elected Nav last night and together with the Watch Officers have been keeping tabs on our location, projected route, and tacking positions. It may sound simple, but believe me it is not. Lots of fun though and the day has raced by. We had a few stressful moments when our course was, shall we say, not really going to plan…many hurried meetings were held to work out yet another contingency plan… But the team has supported each other so well, and together we are doing really well into the night. We hope to anchor around 8am, which means a long night head. But that is fine��_ we can raid Karen’s kitchen and always have Paul here to amuse us with his crazy antics… although he might not be here for much longer if he asks me ‘Are we there yet ?’ one more time…. Lots of love to everyone. See you soon. xoxo


17° 18' South / 121° 48'


Captain's Log for Tuesday 10 July 2001Situation at 1800: Command Day. 45 nautical miles north west of Gantheume Point, Broome, WA. Temperature 26C. Wind 120 at 7 knots.