Captain's Log
26 December 2007

Sailing, Off Wollongong

Ahoy Shipmates,The Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race is off with a rush! The big Maxi’s are getting good speeds heading south on the fresh nor’easterly we are experiencing – we are doing well too, making a good 6 -7 knots under all plain sail. We are presently positioned towards the back of the fleet as we undertake our stand by radio relay role.The Youth Crew are working hard – so far today we have taught them the ropes and can tack the ship as a crew – presently we have settled down into watches overnight. We have had a few come down with sea sickness, but all are in good spirits. By tomorrow morning we should be south of Jervis Bay; hopefully we will make good time in the favourable conditions we are getting. Tomorrow the forecast has a southerly change later in the day, so the game plan is to go offshore from the rhumb line (the direct track to Tasman Island, a mark of the course) where we will pick up 1-2 knots of current to help us south. We are using the latest current chart from the CSIRO ocean currents website, and so far the forecasts are right on the money – so all is fair sailing for now.So, until tomorrow, shipmates,Yours Aye,ChrisChris GallowayCommander, RANCommanding Officer


34° 23' South / 151° 18' East


Wind - NE 20 knots, sea ans swell low, warm and sunny