Yesterday we left our intrepid Youth Crew with the first part of their mission completed, having safely brought the ship to anchor off Scawfell Island and delivering the Beach Assault Team ashore.
The big day has arrived and the Youth Crew have taken over the ship. Thus far all has gone well.
Last night was another very pleasant sail with light south-easterlies of 10-15 knots.
We have kept a light but steady breeze today enabling us to catch up on all the sail training we needed for this stage of the voyage.
At last we've got a bit of wind, not a lot but we are sailing. Last night we remained at sea to conduct navigation training and to see if we could find some wind.
We have had a couple of patches of light wind today just to tease us, which we've made the most of.
STILL NO WIND, not even a puff, so today we decided to focus on some touristy things.
Shortly after completing tacking drills yesterday afternoon the wind died so we started motors and continued on our way to the Whitsundays.
Overnight ship familiarisation continued and Youth Crew climbed aloft to the upper top and beyond. This morning intensive training in safety, line and sail handling continued.
All Youth Crew joined at Townsville on time and at 1600 we were away from the wharf and motoring to Magnetic Island.