Captain's Log
14 March 2012


Ahoy there everyone, Welcome to day five, overnight the ship remained at anchor adjacent Long Beach, Montagu Roadstead, Jervis Bay. The morning commenced at 0630 with Sail Master Paul energising the Staff and Youth Crew with an invigorating early morning plunge into the bay for all those keen adventurers accepting the challenge to swing from the course yard arm rope or dive from the bowsprit. The overcast conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm as the Youth Crew executed some commendable acrobatic pirouettes, somersaults and water entries into the invigorating water.On completion the ship sailed away from our overnight anchorage and conducted rotational tacks and wears in the middle of Jervis Bay. This enabled each watch the opportunity rotate through various deck positions to gain a greater understanding of this important manoeuvring evolution.Lunch was followed by the next instalment of ‘rope races’ which continued to challenge the knowledge of the Youth Crew in identifying the correct names and locations of equipment around the upper deck. Then as the ship exited Jervis Bay I presented a Sail Theory lesson to build on the deck and sail knowledge gained during the voyage.Overnight the Youth Crew will be challenged with a teamwork and leadership exercise as the ship continues to make ground to the north along the NSW South Coast. It was also rewarding to observe that collectively the Youth Crew had been awarded their sea legs whilst in Jervis Bay.Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Damien


34°56's / 151°24'e


2300 at sea - weather scattered cloud, wind NE 16 knots, swell NE 1.0 metre, temperature 21 degrees, barometer 1019 hpa