Captain's Log
21 October 2011


Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day three on our adventure under sail. The ship continued sailing sou’east overnight on a beam reach port tack making good six knots in a one metre swell which proved extremely challenging for the majority of the Youth Crew ensuring the first night at sea was a baptism by the elements. Each person acquitted themselves with distinction most notably those who had never been to sea before, often battling motion sickness and those who climbed aloft during the night. With the rising of the sun in an azure sky, a cheerful wakey wakey song from the on watch Youth Crew and not a slither of land in sight. Breakfast was a very queit affair followed by the morning brief, the ship then conducted a wear (gybe) and started shaping a course sou’west for the Shoalhaven Coast. After cleaning the ship from the previous nights pitching and rolling the remainder of the forenoon was utilised as a respite period. Throughout the day numerous pods of whales were observed blowing and breaching. After lunch Engineer Mick conducted round one of non-competitive Rope Races requiring the Youth Crew to challenge themselves by remembering and identifying different items of safety equipment located around the upper deck. Navigator Matt then presented a lesson on the art of nautical charts and fixing the ships position using various techniques. With the wind veering to the nor’east Sail Master Kristy-Lee presented a lesson on the ships three square sails culminating with the setting of the topgallant and topsail, what a magnificent sight. The swell abated during the afternoon  which resulted in an energising effect on the Youth Crew who had been experiencing motion sickness. With a glorious sunset the Youth Crew settled into watches overnight as the ship continues to close the coast bound for our first anchorage in bueatiful Jervis Bay. Until tomorrow evening, take care Captain Damien


34°42's / 151°46'e


2300 at sea - weather clear skies, wind SE 8 knots, swell NNW 0.8 metres, temperature 17 degrees, barometer 1024 hpa