Captain's Log
23 April 2012

Wind at last (not a lot but enough)

G’day Shipmates, At last we have we have had some wind. The lack of any meaningful breeze required the ship to motorsail through most of the night, however, shortly after 0500 there was sufficient wind to shut down the engines and they have remained idle since then. In order to make hay while the sun shone, demonstration tacks were conducted immediately after the morning brief in about 12 knots of warm sou- easterly winds. That went well and was followed up by a lecture on the Rules of the Road. In the afternoon a set of rope races were keenly contested followed by mid voyage talks where each of the YC were given the opportunity to discuss how ‘their’ voyage and adventure was progressing and whether or not personal goals were being achieved. Later in the afternoon watch we dusted off the fisherman staysail and once that was set we were managing a very credible 5 kts in about 10 kts of true wind. We had all fore and aft sail that could be set drawing nicely as we continued to work our way to the South East to our next and my favourite anchorage of all time at Middle Percy Island. Overnight we will be conducting an activity called ‘apples and onions’ which is always a thought provoking and for some a soul searching experience. Tomorrow will also be the last opportunity for the YC to hone their skills prior to Command Day. I hope they will be ready. Captain Gunna Carpe’ diem


20° 51' South / 149° 51' East


Co 060 Sp 3 kts, Wind 150 9 kts, 25C