V02/19 Melbourne to Sydney
17 Jan - 27 Jan 2019
Wind: SW at 29 knots Weather: Overcast Swell: SW at 1.5-2.0 metres Course: 121 Speed: 6 knots Location: South of Phillip Island
Ahoy Shipmates...greetings from Bass Strait. And what a busy day we have had. After a 0630 start, Sailmaster Guv kept the Youth Crew busy with a number of activities - an early morning exercise, breakfast, morning brief, happy hour (cleaning) and a more in depth safety brief familiarising the Youth Crew with all of the safety equipment onboard. It was then over to the watch leaders to begin the sail handling training that would take up most of the day. At 1200, after a delicious lunch from Chef Zac, we weighed anchor and began the long transit south towards the exit of Port Phillip Bay, commonly know as The Rip, and into Bass Strait. Enroute the Youth Crew were kept on their toes and at 1640 we finally made it into open waters. After setting a full press of fore and aft sails, and dinner, the conditions picked up...just in time for tacking drills. In 25 - 30 knots of breeze we completed a tack and a wear (gybe) before resuming our transit south east to Wilsons Prom, the southern most point of mainland Australia. The winds continued to increase, gusting to 38 knots, forcing us to hand in some sail. Overnight the Youth Crew will settle into the watch on deck routine...learning how to keep lookout, helm, and upper deck and engine room rounds...the basic housekeeping of a ship at sea. Tomorrow we hope to stop in at the beautiful Refuge Cove, weather permitting. We will hopefully have the chance to go ashore, have a swim...and for our sea sick brethren...the chance to hug a tree, a sure fire remedy. That's about it for now...gotta luv Bass Strait! Until tomorrow...fair winds...Captain Kenny.
Twenty years from now, you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the things you did. So throw off the bow lines, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the wind in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. Mark Twain.