27° 47' South
113° 36'
CO's Log 26 July 2001

Situation at 1800 Thursday 26 July 2001: Course 190, speed 3 knots. Conditions: Wind North 12 knots, clear skies, temp 23 degrees.
The breeze eventually came in last night at 0230, so we promptly shut down the engines, set more sail and by morning were bowling along at 8 knots before a stiff quartering breeze with all sail set. We have held the wind since and made the most of it during the day, conducting demonstration tacks in the forenoon, where Youth Crew rotate through the bridge so as to see the whole ship perspective when tacking, and three of the Youth Crew were given the opportunity to call the orders. This afternoon the final setting and furling drills were held, where I assessed the Youth Crew's proficiency in their sail handling to ensure they can safely take over the ship for Command Day. You will be pleased to hear that they passed with flying colours.

This evening the breeze has eased to a very pleasant 12 knots as we continue at a leisurely pace towards the Abrolhos Island Group where we plan to anchor tomorrow night. A front is forecast for tomorrow so will undoubtedly add to the excitement and will have us keeping an eye open to weather tonight.

Cap'n Bob

Youth Crew entry by Heather Russell aged 16 from Adelaide.
It is now day 11 and time has flown by so fast. I am having such a great time and I don't want it to end.

I think that the highlight of my voyage so far would have to be when we stopped at Monkey Mia and swam with the dolphins.

I have achieved so much in the last few days and I would just like to thank my Aunty and Uncle for their support in getting me on here in the first place. I would also like to send my love to my Mum and to my friend Simone, I miss you heaps and I can't wait to see you again.