V15/18 Cairns to Airlie Beach
28 Aug - 07 Sep 2018
Wind: E at 11 knots Weather: Fine and clear Swell: Nil Course: 298 true Speed: 3.5 knots
Ahoy Shipmates...yes, you guessed it...another stunning day at sea. We really have been blessed by the weather gods, and it looks like the wind we have been hoping for may be on it's way, just in time for Command Day. All onboard remain hale and hearty, and in high spirits. After a day visit to Scawfell Island (land of turtles and butterflies) we are now under a full press of square sails for the first time this voyage, making our way back to the Whitsundays for the final few days. Command Day looms, and the Youth Crew of Voyage 15/18 are looking good! Until tomorrow, fair winds, Captain Kenny... Hello from White Watch and all the Young Endeavour Crew! You may be wondering where in the world we are today, and we must say that it is seriously the best place in the world to be on a tall ship…The Whitsundays! Well, we actually left the Whitsundays and sailed south to Scawfell Island near Mackay overnight. And by sailed, we mean bobbed around in the deep blue thanks to the lack of wind. At one point we even ended up going backwards (no fault of our own). However, a silver lining, this gentle bobbing attracted a pod of dolphins which played around the bowsprit for hours on end during the night. Scawfell Island held a beautiful bay in which we were able to go ashore and snorkel on the small reef. The sighting of turtles, sting rays and eels was a treat for all. Back on the ship we continued our sailing adventure which included tacking drills and learning from the Captain himself, in preparation for Command Day. The setting of all square sails this evening has contributed to our knowledge of this beautiful tall ship. Another highlight, was making it to stage two! This gives us permission to lay aloft unaccompanied by staff, who monitor safety from the deck. Some of us took advantage of this for sunset, such as Jess who made it to the very top of the 30 metre foremast. As always dinner on board was amazing as we ended with a joyful Mexican Monday feast. Signing off for today, White Watch- Kate, Bonnie, Dom, Jess, Brendan, Reece, Tali, Hannah.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. – Maya Angelou