Voyage name: 
V01/20 Hobart to Hobart
04 Jan - 15 Jan 2020
Latitude: 
43 07s
Longitude: 
147 28e
Conditions: 
Wind: 040-18 Weather: Fine Sea: Moderate Course: 330 Speed: 4 Location: Storm Bay
(Note: Cap K on hols ;) Captain’s Log Day 9 – Sunday January 12, 2020 Ahoy there shipmates… what an amazing day has passed! We awoke early to the serene waters of Kingston Beach, just south of Hobart. After a hearty breakfast, prepared for us by our talented master chef Adam, we left our little refuge for Bruny Island. Despite being chilled to the bone and ripped to shreds by gusting winds, the crew really enjoyed the staffie’s morning brief. In particular, we loved the drama of Salty’s terrific historical explanation of the origins of the sailing term “son of a gun.” This involved a live reenactment of Gentlemen Brady’s execution and Mary Philips giving birth!! Before long, the sparkling yellow sand of Adventure Bay lay before us. We set anchor and proceeded down to the galley for a delicious lunch of curry and Filet Mignon. After lunch, the elected members for Command Day spoke with their respective mentors, who coached them on their specific function in the running of our tall ship. I had a good conversation with Captain Kenny who gave me lots of useful information and tips to use on Command Day. Time was ticking and we were all nervous as we revised sail theory and the instructions given to us by our mentors. At preciously 1300, joyous tunes of “We're all going on a Summer Holiday” rang across the ship and the staffie’s paraded around in holiday attire! Much to our delight and surprise the staffie’s also decided to jump into the freezing Tasman waters. The Command day members were given a small ceremony to mark the occasion. As the acting Captain, I was honored to be presented with a short spiel, a telescope and envelope from Captain Kenny. The envelope contained a letter explaining the goals of Command Day as well as a list of 23 tasks to be completed during the voyage. There were no navigation plans included; Task 22 on our sheet involved selecting a Beach Assault Team (BAT) to land ashore and recover the plans!! It sounded awesome, just like we were on a top secret navy mission!! Whilst we were at anchor, the crew enjoyed a quick swim before we turned on the engines and proceeded out of the bay. En route to the angry waters of Storm Bay, the crew quickly ran through their tacking station positions and prepared to set the sails. The engines ceased and the crew worked quickly to release the sails. Initially, the ship bobbed along in the swell at 1 knot but as more sails were set and an appropriate wind angle was achieved, the ship’s speed increased to 8 knots!! What an achievement!! We were overjoyed and partly relieved; the Sail Master Hannah broadcasted the great news to our crew below deck! Whilst our fantastic chefs effectively prepared a lovely dinner of pulled pork and rice amid the steep swaying of the ship, our Navigator Tjina and Watch Officer Nic did a superb job, plotting our course and altering our passage to harness the sea breeze. After a successful tack, we proceeded up towards Hobart en route to our final destination in the Derwent River! As a whole, the first 10 hours of our Command Day voyage have been a success. I would like to extend a big thank you to all of my crew; I am very proud of every one of you, being able to cope in difficult situations and work hard to complete the given tasks. It is an honor to have you as my crew. I would also like to extend my thank you to the Staffies, whose hints and advice have helped the crew and myself in times of difficulty. Overall, I am very impressed by everyone’s work on board and anticipate the next stage of our adventure tomorrow! – Captain Jack
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails. William Arthur Ward