16° 18' South
122° 46'
Captain's Log for Sunday 8 July 2001

Situation at 1800: In the Buccanneer's Archipelago, north of King Sound, WA. No wind. Temperature 26C.
We were underway early this morning and sailed past the open cut mine on Cockatoo Island. In the distance we spied Dampier's Monument, a large and impressive 'lump' which was apparently all the more conspicuous until the mid-19th century as it was adorned with a single tree on its peak. The island was one of those named by Philip Parker King in 1821, who the sound we are passing was subsequently named for. There are so many islands here that the early mariners simply numbered many of them and even on today's nautical charts there are many unnamed islands in this archipelago.

We then had a busy day of setting and furling sails, a demonstration of sailing from the anchorage, some practice of our safety procedures and an afternoon dip. Tomorrow we are planning to visit the Beagle Bay Pearl Farm, so the pearl lovers will be in paradise.

Until tomorrow, we're all at sea

Matthew Rowe

Youth Crew Entry from Cristy Kilkeary, 23 from Gapuwiyak.
Well where to start my rave - would most definitely have to begin with the staff crew, who do a \fantastic\" (Dion) job on this ship at keeping us all entertained. Karen is a superstar because not only does she cook the most \"fantastic\" food, she is also the only woman on staff who works with a crazy bunch of men or should I say boys. I have a lot of admiration and respect for these people who spend long periods of time away from their loved ones and who are constantly in their working environment. They all do a \"great\" (Paul) job and go to \"tremendous\" (John) effort to positively encourage us to rise to the challenges. (They would make excellent classroom teachers) he he ha ha.

Secondly, I would like to comment on the group of young people who I have been privileged to meet and get to know. It is really refreshing to be around such enthusiastic and happy people. I have not laughed this much in a long, long time. And last but not least, Mother Nature and her many wonders never ceases to surprise me with her beauty. The ocean and the clouds lend to a lot of imagination and one can see many colours and forms that tell the most sacred of secrets. The Kimberley coastline is ancient and I feel very lucky to be here. This one's for you Mum - see you in a few months, lots of love to everyone, especially Nan xoxoxoxoxoxxo

PS Mick - BIG Paul and D say hello and Demtel are interested in marketing your new fitness machine. I have seen some quality photos and D says that there is some quality footage.... Mick you were obviously your alter ego on your voyage????????

Youth Crew Entry from Darren McGilvray, 23 from Hervey Bay.
Hi Naomi, How have things been going at home? Things are great here, I haven't been sick yet which is great. It has given me a chance to enjoy the great food. We visited Crocodile Creek yesterday, saw no crocs but yet that's what they call it. We went for a swim in a fresh water, water hole, which cooled us off. I really miss you heaps. Can't wait to come home and see you. I love you heaps, Darren.

Youth Crew Entry from Janice Jeffries, 21 from Melbourne (again).
I'm heaps better, challenged everyday, havin' a ball & love you's!"