Captain's Log
31 January 2002

Rushing the sides

Situation at 1800:After a night at anchor climbing aloft again, the YC helped weigh the pick and we motored across Port Philip Bay conducting deck safety and sail setting. It was nice and flat even though the windwas strong. By the end of the day it was time to set all sails and head out through the notorious Rip and get to sea. The swell picked up and everyone rushed to the bow to check out the swells. Shortly afterwards a few people rushed to the sides of the ship. After a big learning day we went through two tacks toensure everyone knew their respective tacking station.The wind and sea are steadily building now and we are getting 35 knot winds and quite a large, confused swell. Should make for a interesting first night at sea. We will head south west to round Cape Otway before making ground north west along the Victorian coast.Stay tuned,Andrew R. Davis


38° 32' South / 144° 30'


At sea off The Rip, Bass Strait. Windsou'easterly at 20 knots. Temp 17C.