Captain's Log
V01/22 Hobart to Geelong
8 January 2022

Day 5 – Tasmania’s Rough West Coast

Welcome to day five of our voyage. As forecast, the wind strengthened overnight with an unpleasant 2m south westerly swell. By morning brief we were located 15nm to the southwest of Cape Sorell, sailing downwind under all three squares and the main staysail. These conditions challenged all on board with the ship rolling heavily throughout the day as – she has a tendency to do when running downwind in a large swell. Given these conditions we decided to stand down those not on watch so that they could try and catch up on some much needed sleep. 

By early evening the conditions had improved so the Youth Crew will conduct the BEAREX (teambuilding, communication and initiative exercise) overnight as we continued to make good speed towards Tasmania’s Three Hummock Island, where we expect to anchor during the early hours of tomorrow morning. 

That’s enough from me, please enjoy tonight’s Captains Log wonderfully written by Blue Watches Randy & Alex.

Until tomorrow, take care

Yours Aye

Captain Gav 


Greetings from the deep.

Today we travelled further up the west coast of Tassie. We passed the Hell’s Gate of Macquarie Harbour and Granville Harbour, along with large stretches of beach and some wind turbines once the fog cleared enough to see land.

Today has been filled with sightings of wildlife with visits from The Megapod™ of dolphins and a couple of seals, with plenty of birds including a few albatrosses.

Interspersed with all this, many took the chance to rest while we had a relatively quiet day. We were however occasionally interrupted by both a rocky sea state (RIP Carl’s cordial) and wake up calls to see dolphins throughout.

Some also took the opportunity to head onto the bowsprit and try to get their feet wet whilst looking for more dolphins. Shout out to Carl and Jo who actually managed to get more than some seaspray.

Weather cleared in the arvo though Blue Watch seems to have scored the better weather whilst on watch today, most think Tory did a good weather dance and this has blessed us.

Youth crew have been taking on extra responsibilities in controlling the ship in preparation for Command day on Day 8 of our voyage.

Hoping to reach our anchorage over the course of tonight and look forward to a sunrise in the morning.

Some shout outs:

To Sunset and Ben, hope you’re following along with bated breath and can’t wait to see you both on solid ground. Miss you both and all the rest back home.

To Luke and Caitlin for convincing me to take the last minute flight and hah to you Dad have yet to get seasick. Can’t wait to see you and James when you’re back from Adelaide.

Blue watch’s Randy and Alex signing off.


40 48.7 S / 144 34.5 E


Currently located 12nm to the SW of Northwest Cape sailing downwind under 3 squares and main staysail and experiencing Moderate to Strong 15-20kt southerly winds with a 1.5m SW swell