Latitude: 
33° 37' South
Longitude: 
114° 34'
Conditions: 
Current situation at 1800: At sea under fore and aft sail off Cape Leeuwin. Wind sou'west at 10 knots. Temp 13C.
Today spirits rose considerably. The wind abated leaving enormous rolling swells that the ship journeyed up and over all day. I liken the scenery of the sea at the moment to being in the countryside that is full of hills and dales. The sea is calmer now and most seasickness is fading as a bad memory.

The YC did lots of sail handling today, with the watches rotating through different positions to build their knowledge of the ship's operation. They also did their first set of Rope Races with the Whiteys coming out on top. After lunch our new navigator beguiled and bedazzled them with his newfound knowledge and even had time to crack some jokes (he must be on top of his subject).

It's still a long way to go to Esperance. We are not having favourable winds at the moment so we should get our first break ashore this Saturday in Albany. There is this whaling museum that sounds interesting...and the scenery in King George Sound is apparently spectacular.

Youth Crew by Gordon Holmes, 22, Adelaide.
Mum and Dad, Barring the apparent sickness everything is running ok. Hit rock bottom last night with seasickness. Spent a full four-hour watch throwing up in 30 to 35 knot winds and big seas. Having the time of my life, learning all the lingo, such as permission for Gordon to take the helm steering a course of 260 degrees on a 10-degree rudder angle. As I'm typing the swell is increasing and the wind is picking up. On the first night I went up the mast, some 30 metres and untied all the sail gaskets. Getting familiar with all the sails and what's required to put them into action (i.e. 2-6 heave). We shall be anchoring in the next couple of days. See ya soon. Gordo.

Stay tuned

Andrew Davis