Currently anchored at Trimoulle Island and enjoying light NW winds with nil swell and the temperature is 19 degrees.
Welcome to day 5 of our voyage. By Sunrise this morning we were located 21nm to the north east of the Montebello Islands still motor sailing in extremely light conditions.
Following a short morning brief and a quick set of cleaning stations (which was slightly interrupted with the sighting of a couple of humpback whales) the ship came safely to anchor at the northern point of Trimouille Island.
For those of you unfamiliar with Trimoulle Island it is the largest of the Montebello Islands and is home to a vast array of marine and wildlife, including Loggerhead Turtles, Dolphins, migrating Humpback Whales and Ospreys, which is amazing considering it was used as a nuclear testing site back in 1959. Thankfully this island like the rest of the Montebello Islands is now a marine national park.
Once at anchor the Youth Crew were ferried ashore where they were given just over an hour to have a leg stretch and explore this part of this remote and uninhabited island before returning to the ship for lunch.
Early this afternoon we weighed anchor then transited the short 4nm down to the south of the island to Benedictine Bay and the beautiful Vodka Beach. Here we spent 3hrs ashore snorkelling with an abundance of marine life, playing beach sports and exploring a predominately uninhabited island. Everyone had a wonderful time but all too soon the sun was going down and it was time to return to the ship.
Early this evening, with everyone safely back onboard we enjoyed our first teak deck BBQ for the voyage which is now being followed by a movie shown on our big screen under stars.
Once completed, a very weary Youth Crew will settle into anchor watches overnight ensuring that they are well rested for the days ahead.
Until tomorrow, take care.
To David and Eileen Parker
Congratulations on your marriage!!! thinking of you. Clare xxox