Captain's Log
17 July 2010

At Anchor Nara Inlet

Hi Everyone, Overnight we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of sailing through the Whitsunday Passage and all of the watches did extremely well with the BEAREX (initiative and teamwork exercise). This morning the wind was again light and variable but it didn’t take long for it to strengthen. Given these perfect sailing conditions the Ship was called to tacking stations and in a strong 22kt south easterly we completed a very good set of demonstrational tacks. This exercise allows the Youth Crew to view the ship being tacked from the bridge and is an important activity in the days leading up to Command Day. It also proved to be a ���big hit’ with the Youth Crew as they all got to observe the ship being manoeuvred at relatively high speed.On completion of these tacks we were located only 3nm away from our planned anchorage at Nara Inlet so all sail was handed in and we conducted the short pilotage into this spectacular Inlet. Once at anchor the Youth Crew were again ferried ashore were they walked up a short track to view some aboriginal cave art and then undertook mid-voyage talks. This evening with everyone back onboard we enjoyed another BBQ dinner with the spectacular Nara Inlet as our back-drop. Once we had cleaned up from dinner everyone proceeded aloft (climbed the foremast) to take in the full beauty of our anchorage. Once everyone is down from the mast that will complete the day’s activities and we will revert to anchor watches for the night.Tomorrow morning we will weigh anchor, depart Nara Inlet, then transit through Hook Passage and make our way around to Whitehaven Beach.Until tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav


20° 8' South / 148° 54' East


Currently at anchor in Nara Inlet and enjoying light winds with nil swell.