Captain's Log
Voyage 02/23
17 January 2023

Day 2 – Hands to tacking stations

Ahoy there dear readers, day 2 found the ship anchored off the lovely seaside town of Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula, where we enjoyed a sound night of rest. Sail Empress Tori piped the wakey wakey at 0630 and it was all hands on deck for an energising Early Morning Activity.

Breakfast and the morning brief followed, where the plan of the day was hatched, with the first activity being Happy Hour aka Cleaning Stations. Youth Crew gave her a good sweep fore and aft with much scrubbing and polishing and of course, smiling 🙂 We had to wrangle the cleaning cloths from their clenched fists ladies and gents, as they couldnt get enough of the clean ship vibes.

Anyway, next was more seamanship training with deck safety and sail handling briefs, as the staff crew weighed anchor and departed the bay, just in time for lunch. Sailors love their siestas, so we partook in a wee LLD (little lie down) before we were once more roused from our slumber, this time by Hoppy the Engineer with the call to Rope Races. This is a fun little activity, designed to reinforce learning of the ropes (both literal and metaphorical), as well as to have a little bit of non-competitive/competitive fun.

After Ropies, youthies were treated to a staff crew demo of setting and furling of the mainstaysail and then got stuck into it themselves. Several hours were spent in this endeavour, to ensure safety and competence in sail handling. Once watch leaders gave Tori the nod, they then set the mainsail and the jib, then we cut engines and enjoyed a lovely close hauled tack across the Bass Strait.

Dinner was next on the agenda before youth crew were once more summoned topside by the call, “hands to tacking stations”. One final activity was necessary to ensure we could all have a peacful sleep, sound in the knowledge that everyone knows their tacking station and what is required to alter course by either tacking or wearing ship. Thus we conducted two tacks, whereby our hard working sea puppies did demonstrate safe and competent skills and so with confidence and pride, youth crew did then turn-in…

Except for the Watch-on-Deck. Youth Crew will each take a four hour watch overnight, keeping the ship safe, by conducting helm, lookout and rounds duties. This is definitely not a pleasure cruise dear readers, youth crew are earning their keep, whilst being challenged and learning new skills.

The ship will remain at sea overnight, crossing the relatively smooth Bass Strait with an anchorage in the vicinity of Stanley in mind…

Keep safe folks.

Yours Aye, Captain Adam Charlie Farley+


39 14 S / 144 44 E


Weather: Rain. Wind: 200@15. Swell: 110 @ 1m. Temp: 18.