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September 15, 2013
Day 3 – Sunday 15th September Last night at anchor in Capel Bay we had an excellent if slightly chilly BBQ – to show the Aussie that British Engineers can do BBQs too. Today saw us up anchor and start on our way out through the headlands. We set the sails and with a myriad […]

September 14, 2013
STW 18 Melbourne to Hobart Friday 13th September to 22nd September 2013 Captain: Barbara Campbell 1st Mate: Jon West 2nd Mate: Iain Kerr Bosun: Jim Phillips Chief Engineer: Alan Grant 2nd Engineer: Tamsin Smith Cook: Dave Stanley Medical Purser: Elizabeth Turner Supernumerary Deck Officer: Rob McDonald Supernumerary Medical Purser: Gillian Murray Cook’s Assistant: Pam Johnston […]

September 7, 2013
Day 7 Saturday 7th September Up early today to weigh anchor. Possibly a few sore heads this morning after a very healthy fruit punch last night! Bacon butties on deck for all were very popular. We motored into Williamstown with the 3 Dutch ships: Tecla, The Barque Europa and Oosterschelde, being the first to moor […]

September 6, 2013
Day 6 Friday 6th September Today we passed through the heads of Port Phillip Bay. This meant that we needed to have a sea pilot on board because the heads can be a very dangerous ride for the unsuspecting. The pilot was very nice and told stories of how rocks at the heads were named […]

September 5, 2013
Day 5 Thursday 5th September This is Aft Starboard watch – Watch Leader Alli, Frank, John, Loretta, Max, Tim, Mark, Nat and Judith. We aim to be the ACE team, being first on duty, and carrying out our watches in super-efficient style. Last night’s watch saw us passing the lights of Portland, Port Fairy and […]

September 4, 2013
Wednesday 4th September Day 4 The day started off with a drizzly morning but started topick up after breakfast. We lost contact with the three Dutch tall ships that have been on the horizon for the last few days. :’( Lunch was a soup-er start to the watch (we had soup forlunch), with puns making […]

September 3, 2013
Day 3 Tuesday 3rd September You are now hearing from the “Forward Starboard” team or theFS (FUN SHIP)! Yes we are the fun ship who made it through the rear passage with some strong winds. Derek a member of our crew inspired us with his courage and determination during his assisted climb. Last night was […]

September 2, 2013
STW 17 Adelaide to Melbourne Sunday 1st September to Sunday 8th September 2013 Crew: 50 on board (full house – no spare bunks!) Captain: Barbara Campbell 1st Mate: Steve Higgs 2nd Mate: Marcin Dobrowolski Bosun: Jim Phillips Chief Engineer: Marco Michelangnoli 2nd Engineer: Mel Perrottet Cook: Dave Stanley Medical Purser: Elizabeth Turner Bosun’s Mates: Harry […]

September 1, 2013
Day 1 1st of September: Everyone arrived and settled in at Adelaide after lunch. Usual procedures emergency drills. Everyone looking forward to setting sail. Saw many dolphins playing in the harbour. Crew: 50 on board (full house – no spare bunks!) Captain: Barbara Campbell 1st Mate: Steve Higgs 2nd Mate: Marcin Dobrowolski Bosun: Jim Phillips […]

August 28, 2013
Wednesday 28th August 2013 – Day 12 35 degrees south, 135 degrees east & we’re bound for South Australia! As the Forward Port Watch writes their last blog of the STW16 voyage we eagerly await the sight of land in the form of the Neptune Islands; they signal the entrance to the Spencer Gulf as […]

August 27, 2013
Tuesday 27th August Day 11 The last few nights have been wonderful. Although the wind continues to be alternately in the wrong direction or too light, we have had some good sailing. Handing sail after dinner has two benefits; one, being in the dark adds another dimension to our sailing experience and two, a hard […]

August 26, 2013
Day 9 – 10 Sun-Mon Mess duty by Jane Today Mess duty started with total chaos the voyage crew had the opportunity to purchase ships souvenirs in the lower mess meaning the mess team only had 10 mins to set the tables for 50 people! The day ended with a delicious Sunday roast and generous […]

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