Latitude: 
38° 3' South
Longitude: 
145° 1' East
Conditions: 
VARIABLE
PAST 24 HOURS

WELL IT WAS VERY MUCH THE MELBOURNE WEATHER THAT WE'VE COME TO EXPECT WHEN THE YOUTH CREW ARRIVED ON BOARD FOR THEIR ADVENTURE UNDER SAIL, IT REALLY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT SEASON IT WANTED TO BE. FAMILY AND FRIENDS SAID THEIR FAREWELLS TO OUR YOUNG ADVENTURERS AND IT WAS TIME TO GET UNDERWAY. FIRSTLY I WOULD LIKE TO INTODUCE MY FANTASTIC STAFF CREW FOR THIS VOYAGE.
DION AS CAPTAIN
JORDO AS EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SUZ AS NAVIGATOR
MICK AS WATCH OFFICER
JOCK AS WHITE WATCH LEADER
RACH AS RED WATCH LEADER
SPEEDY AS BLUE WATCH LEADER
EDDIE AS ENGINEER
SAMMI AS CHEF

UNFORTUNATELY IN GETTING UNDERWAY THERE WAS A 15 KNOT WESTERLY WIND BLOWING THE SHIP ONTO THE BERTH WHICH MADE OUR DEPARTURE A VERY TRICKY EVOLUTION INDEED. AFTER USING THE OUTBOARD ENGINE OF OUR RHIB AS A BIT OF FENDER WE WERE UNDERWAY AND PROCEEDED TO ANCHOR IN HOBSONS BAY TO GET INTO OUR PROGRAM. INITIALLY SOME ICE BREAKERS, FOLLOWED BY A BIT OF A SHIP FAMILIARISATION TOUR AND THEN A CONSOLIDATION OF ALL OF THE SAFETY EQUIPMENT WE HAVE ON BOARD. WITH LOTS TO LEARN, THERE WAS LITTLE TIME TO REST AND AFTER A FANTASTIC LUNCH IT WAS INTO SOME LINE HANDLING AND DECK SAFETY TO GET PEOPLE COMFORTABLE WITH THE LINES THEY WERE GOING TO BE WORKING WITH TO SET AND FURL SAILS.

THEN AFTER A SMALL REST IT WAS INTO THE FIRST OF MANY BIG CHALLENGES ON BOARD - THE INITIAL CLIMB. OUR TEAM WERE FANTASTIC AND ALL PUT IN A GREAT EFFORT TO GET UP AND OVER THE LOWER TOP ON THEIR FIRST ATTEMPT. AFTER DINNER AND A QUICK CHAT WITH MYSELF AND THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER, IT WAS TIME TO SETTLE INTO WATCHES OVERNIGHT. DURING THIS TIME ROUNDS AND A FEW KNOTS WERE COVERED AND OF COURSE A CLIMB ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP OF THE MAST, TO THE TOPGALLANT. AGAIN OUR TEAM PUT IN A GREAT EFFORT WITH ALL GIVING 100 PERCENT.

IN THE MORNING AFTER MORNING BRIEF AND A SET OF CLEANING STATIONS, IT WAS TIME TO GET UNDERWAY AND TO SET SOME SAILS. OUR TEAM HAS SETTLED IN WELL AND SEEM VERY WILLING TO ENJOY AND MAKE THE MOST OF THIS FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE.

NAUTICAL TERM OF THE DAY
LIST: THE INCLINING OF A SHIP TO ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER DUE USUALLY TO A SHIFT IN CARGO OR THE FLOODING OF SOME PART OF THE HULL. IT IS A MORE PERMANENT SITUATION THAN HEEL, WHICH IS MORE DUE TO THE PRESSURE OF THE WIND AND EXTERNAL FORCES.


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DION CURTIS
LIEUTENANT, RAN