Captain's Log
25 March 2012


Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day three on our adventure under sail. The ship continued sailing along handsomely at four knots overnight under all plain sail and two squares on a broad reach starboard tack with the wind abating through the early morning. It was a stunning moonlit clear night at sea though the 1.5 metre swell continued to challenge members of the Youth Crew.With the rising of the sun under a blue sky with scattered cloud, an epic wakey wakey song from blue watch, roused all hands for breakfast with varying levels of consumption. After a quick set of cleaning rounds (happy hour) the engines were started as the wind abated dramatically requiring the ship to commence motor sailing north.After a magnificent lunch, the inaugural round of rope races was conducted. This activity enabled the Youth Crew to challenge each other in a non-competitive activity by remembering and identifying different items of safety equipment located around the upper decks.Navigator Kim then presented a lesson in the fine art of maritime navigation espousing that the earth was round instead of flat much to the consternation of many of the Staff Crew.Sea watches were then maintained for the remainder of the afternoon and evening as the ship continued make ground to the north and Trial Bay for the first scheduled anchorage. With the wind continuing to back and veer the Youth Crew watches are being kept busy setting/furling sails and climbing aloft.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


31°11's / 153°6'e


2300 at sea - weather scattered showers, wind ESE 14 knots, swell SE 0.5 metre, temperature 20 degrees, barometer 1023 hpa