Captain's Log
18 August 2011

Rough Seas … Sort of

Hi everyone,A bumpy night while trying to make ground to the north. A couple of times during the night the wind shifted but it always conspired against us. Nonetheless, perserverence paid dividends and by lunch time we were past Cape Byron with weather moderating. The front had come through just before lunch and by mid-afternoon it was back to our preferred brochure-like conditions.We practised setting and furling sails and late in the afternoon undertook demonstrational tacks where we got to show everyone how it all looks from the bridge. We did this with the high-rise buildings of the Gold Coast as a backdrop. We didn\’t see the border markers but we crossed into Queensland during the afternoon thanks to the accurate navigation of the watch teams. Regular climbing of the masts and setting of sails, doing rounds and keeping lookout and of course steering are a consistent part of the watches now.This evening the wind has freshened again but favourably from the west south west so we are expecting a quick sail to Mooloolaba where it is intended to anchor at 9:30 am tomorrow.Until then, take care.Yak (Voyage Captain)


27° 48' South / 153° 45' East


Wind: 240 at 20 knots, sea state: 3 Swell: Easterly at 0.5 metre, Barometer: 1015 Hpa and rising after the front has passed through. Air temperature 19.5 degrees.