27° 35' South
154° 9' East
Wind SE 20 - 30 knots, sea rough, cool and partly cloudy.
Ahoy Shipmates,

At last we have made it south of Brisbane! After sailing out into heavy weather last night we clawed our way off the coast to about 60nm to seaward. We tacked this morning just before lunch and are now motorsailing hard on the 25 knot SE breeze, and making 8-9 knots in the right direction. Unfortunately due to the amount of time we had to spend in Brisbane sheltering from the storms, we now need to spent the next three nights at sea to make it to Sydney in time for the end of the voyage.

Onboard things are going well - we are starting to dry out after all of the rain and after \Happy Hour\" this morning, all is clean, spick and span. The team are busily learning thier watch routines, steering, navigation and rounds, as well as keeping lookout on a four on - eight off roster.

Tomorrow the forecast is on the improve, and I have just heard over the VHF radio that the strong wind warning has been cancelled, so the wind will ease and the weather will get even better. This will allow us to complete the final preparations for Command Day which, all things being equal, will be Tuesday.

Until tomorrow,

Yours Aye,


Chris Galloway
Commander, RAN
Commanding Officer"