Latitude: 
30° 18' South
Longitude: 
153° 9' East
Conditions: 
GETTING BETTER
PAST 24 HOURS

DURING OUR SECOND NIGHT AT SEA, WITH WIND NOW FROM THE SOUTH WEST AT 15-20 KNOTS OUR YOUTH CREW WERE DOING SOME QUALITY CLOSE HAULED SAILING IN SOME TRYING SEA CONDITIONS. THIS OF COURSE MEANT THAT OUR SQUARE SAILS WERE NO LONGER REQUIRED AND NEEDED TO BE SEA FURLED, CORRECTLY STOWED. THIS PRESENTED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR YOUNG ADVENTURERS TO DO THEIR FIRST SIGNIFICANT WORK ALOFT WHILST WE WERE UNDERWAY.

THEY AS ALWAYS ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE AND DID A MAGNIFICENT JOB,
HOWEVER SOME RETURNED TO THE DECK WITH SLIGHTLY LESS STOMACH CONTENTS THAN WHEN THEY EMBARKED ON THE TASK.

IT WAS AN UNCOMFORTABLE COURSE OVERNIGHT AS WE CONTINUED OUR JOURNEY SOUTH. HOWEVER, AFTER A TOUGH NIGHTS SAIL THE SHIP WAS IN A GOOD POSITION TO HEAD INTO ANCHOR AT COFFS HARBOUR. ANCHORING JUST AFTER 1030 OUR TEAM WAS INTO ANOTHER ROUND OF ROPE RACES FOLLOWED SOON AFTER BY LUNCH.


ALL YOUTH CREW REMAIN IN HIGH SPIRITS AND ARE EAGERLY ANTICIPATING SOME SHORE TIME AND SPORTS IN THE LOVELY COFFS HARBOUR.

NAUTICAL TERM OF THE DAY

KNOW THE ROPES: (SKILLED AND EXPERIENCED) THE RIGGING IN A SQUARE-
RIGGED SHIP WAS A VAST, COMPLEX NETWORK OF CORDAGE. ROPES THAT
SUPPORTED THE YARDS, AND THE MAST AS WELL AS THOSE USED TO HOIST,
LOWER AND TRIM THE SAILS. THIS COMPLICATED SYSTEM CONTAINED HUNDREDS OF SEPARATE PIECES EACH HAVING A NAME AND PARTICULAR FUNCTION. ONE WHO KNEW THE ROPES WAS SAID TO BE SKILLED, EXPERIENCED AND KNOWLEDGABLE.

YOURS AYE

DION CURTIS
LIEUTENANT, RAN
ACTING CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR