Captain's Log
29 October 2008

Sisters Passage

Ahoy Shipmates, This morning saw a well rested Youth Crew muster on deck at 0630 for an Early Morning Activity (EMA) followed by a very hearty breakfast. After morning brief and cleaning stations (happy hour) I conducted a quick brief on how to sail the Ship away from anchor and on completion put this theory into practice by completing a successful departure from anchor utilising only teamwork and sails. Once underway we shaped course to the north west and proceeded to pass Stanley Point (northern point of Flinders Island) and enter the Sisters Passage were we were joined by a number of Humpback Whales, who appeared to be taking a well earned rest from their migration south in the shallow waters of the passage. This is the first time that I have sailed through this stretch of water and have to admit that I am totally amazed at how spectacular and unspoilt the scenery is in these remote islands. Once safely through the passage the Ship was brought under full sail and under a perfect 20kt north easterly we headed south down the west coast of Flinders Island. During the afternoon we conducted a very good set of demonstrational tacks which was followed by my sail theory lecture. This evening will see the YC complete both the ���Apples and Onions�� exercise (communication exercise) and BEAREX (initiative and teamwork exercise) as we continue to make good ground to the south and our next anchorage at Andersons Bay, located on the north east coast of Tasmania.I am happy to report that all of the Youth Crew have now fully recovered from their seasickness and are all doing really well. Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


40° 20' South / 147° 31' East


Currently located on the west coast of Flinders Island and enjoying moderate NE winds with a very pleasant 1m swell.