Latitude: 
33° 35' South
Longitude: 
151° 16' East
Conditions: 
SEAS AND WIND MODERATING
PAST 24 HOURS

WITH THE SEAS AND WIND MODERATING, BETTER PROGRESS WAS MADE TO
OUR NEXT DESTINATION OF BROKEN BAY. THE WIND HAD EASED TO AROUND 14 KNOTS BY MID TO LATE AFTERNOON AND IN ADDITION IT NOW HAD A GOOD WESTERLY COMPONENT.

THE AFTERNOON WAS AGAIN CAPPED OFF WITH A DISCUSSION ON SAIL THEORY, THIS BEING THE LAST IN THAT FORUM AND THEN SOME DEMONSTRATIONAL TACKS. THE AIM BEING TO BROADEN AND TO GIVE A MORE THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TACKING AND WEARING WORKS AND THE EFFECTS ON THE SHIP. THIS UNDERSTANDING IS ESSENTIAL PRIOR TO COMMAND DAY, WHICH IS NOW JUST AROUND THE CORNER.

OVER NIGHT WATCHES CONDUCTED ANOTHER TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY THAT TESTED THEIR KNOWLEDGE, RESOURCEFULNESS, COMMUNICATION AND FLEXIBILITY. ALL PUT IN A GREAT EFFORT AND OVERALL THE RESULTS WERE VERY PLEASING.

AFTER MORNING BRIEF, EACH OF THE WATCHES HAD ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT TASK, TO PROVE THEMSELVES COMPETENT AND SAFE IN SETTING THE SAILS. ALL PERFORMED WELL AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT OUR TEAM WILL CONDUCT THEMSELVES SAFELY WHEN GIVEN CHARGE OF THE SHIP. SATISFIED WITH THIS IT WAS TIME TO HEAD INTO ANCHOR AT BROKEN BAY. COMMAND DAY PREPARATIONS NEEDED TO COMMENCE.

OUR TEAM IS WELL POISED TO EMBARK ON THEIR NEXT GREAT ADVENTURE.

COMMENTS FROM YOUTH CREW

HI FROM BEN AND LYNDON

TODAY THE WEATHER WAS A BIT CALMER THAN THE PREVOUS DAY WHICH MADE FOR A MORE HAPPY CREW WITH LESS VOMITING ALL ROUND. THIS COUPLED WITH ARRIVING AT BROKEN BAY AND SOME QUALITY SHORE TIME HAS HELPED TO LIFT THE SPIRITS OF THE YOUTH CREW AFTER THE ROUGH WEATHER OF THE PREVIOUS FEW DAYS.

CAPTAIN DION TRIED TO TEACH US SOME MORE SAIL THEORY WHICH WAS BETTER RECIVED BY THE CREW AND AT LEAST TO SOME US MADE MORE SENSE WHEN COUPLED WITH SOME DRILL PRACTICE INVOLOVING FURLING AND SETTING SAILS TO CATCH WIND AND ENABLE TACKING OR WEARING.

TODAY WAS ALSO THE DAY WE BEGAN TO PREPARE FOR TOMMOROWS COMMAND DAY WHICH INVOLVES THE YOUTH CREW TAKING OVER THE SHIP FOR THE FINAL VOYAGE TO SYDNEY. WE ELECTED A COMMAND CREW THROUGH DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS AND SOMETHING THAT MIGHT HAVE COME FROM SURVIVOR. THIS COUPLED WITH SOME FREE TIME ASHORE PLAYING GAMES AND RELAXING ON THE BEACH HAS LEFT THE CREW RELAXED, READY AND EXCITED TO UNDERTAKE THE CHALLENGES OF COMMAND DAY.

ON BEHALF OF THE YOUTH CREW WE WISH TO SAY G'DAY TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

NAUTICAL TERM OF THE DAY

AVAST: TO HOLD OR STOP IN ANY NAUTICAL OPERATION

YOURS AYE

DION CURTIS
LIEUTENANT, RAN
ACTING CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR