Latitude: 
37° 16' South
Longitude: 
150° 14' East
Conditions: 
FINE
PAST 24 HOURS

THE WINDS CONTINUE TO BE VERY KIND AND ARE HELPING US ALONG NICELY. WHETHER FROM THE EAST NORT-EAST OR SWINGING WEST NORTH-WEST AND SOUTH WEST HAS ALLOWED FOR SOME VERY ENJOYABLE SAILING. YESTERDAY AFTER SAILING FROM DEAL ISLAND THE YOUTH CREW CONDUCTED MID VOYAGE TALKS IN THEIR WATCHES AND DISCUSSED HOW THE VOYAGE WAS GOING SO FAR.

OVERNIGHT AN ACTIVITY KNOWN ONLY AS THE BEAR EXERCISE WAS
CONDUCTED AND IT TESTED THE WATCHES IN TEAMWORK AND COMMUNICATION.

FINE TUNING THESE SKILLS PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF COMMAND DAY, WHICH IS NOW RAPIDLY APPROACHING.

THIS MORNING AFTER A THOROUGH HAPPY HOUR IT WAS INTO ROUND THREE OF ROPE RACES AND THEN A FINAL INSTALMENT OF SAIL THEORY. THE YOUTH CREW IN THEIR THREE WATCHES ARE NOW BECOMING ONE TEAM AND IT'S PLEASING TO WATCH. THE PROSPECTS FOR COMMAND DAY ARE EXCITING.

COMMENTS FROM YOUTH CREW

HELLO ALL,
THIS VOYAGE HAS BEEN GETTING BETTER FROM DAY 1. SINCE EVERYONE IS
OVER THEIR SEA SICKNESS IT'S ALL MUCH MORE CHEERFUL AND EVERYONE IS MUCH MORE ACTIVE. OUR SECOND STOP AT DEAL ISLAND WAS A WELCOME BREAK FROM THE ROUGH SEAS, BUT THERE WAS A WALK INVOLVED TO GET TO THE TOP OF THE LIGHT HOUSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND. COMING BACK FROM THE TOP, SOME SAW THE OPPORTUNITY AND MUCH TO THE SUPRISE OF A PENGUIN WENT FOR A SWIM (REFRESSING). WHILE WE CONTINUED OUR JOURNEY AWAY FROM DEAL ISLAND, WE REALISED A SHOCKING TRUTH. GILBERT (EDDIE'S BELOVED FOOTBALL) HAD BEEN LEFT, BEHIND LOST ON DEAL ISLAND.
ROUND 3 OF THE ROPE RACES CONTINUED TODAY WITH ANOTHER CLOSE RESULT LEAVING THE WATCHES CLOSE IN COMPETITION. BEFORE I GO, I MUST SAY HI TO MY MUM, DAD AND BROTHER WHO HAVE BEEN EAGERLY AWAITING ME TO SEND A MESSAGE. SEE YA IN A COUPLE OF DAYS SHAUN

GOOD DAY ALL, HOW ARE YOU ALL GOING. IT IS NOW OUR SEVENTH DAY AT SEA LEAVING HOBART AND ARRIVING IN SYDNEY IN ABOUT 2-3 DAYS TIME. I'M DOING FINE AND I AM SURE LOVING IT OUT HERE ON THE OPEN WATERS SEEING DOLPHINS JUMP OUT OF THE WATER AND THE SAME WITH THE WHALES THAT PUT ON A SPECTACULAR SHOW OF THEIR JUMPS UP, THEN SLAMING DOWN ON THE WATER. ON OUR THIRD DAY WE ANCHORD AT PORT DAVY AND HAD A GREAT CLIMB OR BUSH WALK UP A MOUNTAIN THAT WAS 1164 FEET HIGH FROM SEA LEVEL. ON SATURDAY MORNING WE VISITED DEAL ISLAND AND VISITED THE HISTORICIAL LIGHT HOUSE AND THE MUSEUM. ON THE WALK WE RAN INTO LITTLE WALLABIES THAT WERE SCATTERED ALL OVER THE ISLAND. AND NOW ON SUNDAY WE ARE HEADING TO JERVIS BAY. I HAVE A REQUEST FROM SOME OF THE YOUTH CREW SAYING ( HI MUM AND DAD WE MISS YOU A LOT AND WE WILL SEE ALL OF YOU BY FRIDAY OR SATURDAY. ) FROM COREY.

NAUTICAL TERM OF THE DAY

HELM: A SHIPS STEERING WHEEL. A WHEEL THAT TURNS THE SHIPS RUDDER TO GIVE THE SHIP STEERAGE WAY. THIS IS THROUGH THE FLOW OF WATER OVER THE RUDDER FORCING THE STERN ONE WAY AND THE BOW THE OTHER.

YOURS AYE

DION CURTIS
LIEUTENANT, RAN
CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR