Latitude: 
32° 20' South
Longitude: 
115° 20'
Conditions: 
Current situation at 2000: At sea south of Rottnest Island, whale watching. Wind - a light easterly, temp 15C.
After a wet day on deck learning the ropes, we got underway and started setting some sails. By 1600 we were in the open sea and the Youth Crew (YC) demonstrated that they were able to tack the ship. They are tired and wet but fighting on and doing a great job of learning the ship and their shipmates. When the hard part of the day was over we were treated to some whales (humpbacks I think) frolicking and broaching nearby.

After dark the wind picked up considerably and we can expect a bumpy night. It's blowing from the direction we need to travel but by tomorrow it should ease and veer to the west, allowing a run south down to Cape Leeuwin - our turning point to get us travelling east toward Esperence.

Our YC our doing well and some are aloft at the moment on the uppermost yards, furling the sails, in 30 knots of wind and driving rain. But that's life on a Tall Ship.

Stay tuned

Andrew Davis