Last night the ship experienced a magnificent night sailing, and all of the watches consolidated their sail handling skills. The youth crew have settled into their routines quickly and the greatest challenge we had was slowing down sufficiently to pass at sunrise Pentecost Island which bears an uncanny resemblance to Dr Evil’s lair.The sun turned the clouds a shade of slate grey as the rain continued to fall. We wore ship shortly before morning brief and commenced running square northwards through Whitsunday Passage under Topsail to our anchorage at Nara Inlet, Hook IslandWe came to anchor shortly before lunch and quickly rigged the awning to keep out the worst of the weather. After a hearty lunch the youth crew relished the chance to stretch their legs ashore with a walk to some aboriginal cave rock art and a delightful waterfall at the northern end of the beautiful fiord like Nara Inlet.The exploring complete, we returned to find Chad had prepared a magnificent teak deck BBQ. The spread was fit for a king, all the more important now everyone has recovered from the slight seasickness we experienced earlier.After the BBQ was packed away, we conducted three way talks. This activity involves the youth crew finding out as much about two other youth crew members as they can, before role playing one of those members in front of everyone, and telling us their life story. Tonight’s effort was excellent, and I am sure bodes well for the ship’s concert next week.Tonight we will stay busy with anchor watches. These are different from sea watches as there are no sails set, however we still have to make sure the ship is safe by conducting rounds of the various compartments and spaces onboard, as well as ensure our anchor doesn’t drag. The best part though is that only three people are required on watch at any one time, so the rest of us can get a good night sleep.Yours AyePhil GadenLieutenant, RANRQUOTEï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Between the five of us was the strong bond of the sea, and also the fellowship of the craft, which no amount of enthusiasm for yachting, cruising and so on can give, since one is only the amusement of life and the other life itself.ï¿½ï¿½ Joseph ConradYouth Crew ImpressionsKerryn, 23, Molyullah, VictoriaFour days into the voyage and, while the Whitsundays have proved themselves to be the Wetsundays, rain hasn’t dampened the spirit of the Young Endeavour! We’ve been having a ball climbing aloft, learning the anatomy of the ship and getting to know the rest of the Youth Crew and the ships staff. Each day between the extravaganza that is the morning brief and night watches we fit in a lot of sailing, a lot of food and a lot of learning. We’re all having a fantastic time, are happy the weather is due to change over the weekend and are looking forward to next six days.Shaun, 21, Bateau Bay, New South WalesAfter three extremely wet days at sea, we came to anchor and ventured back on to land to explore some of the coastline that the ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Wetsundaysï¿½ï¿½ has to offer. We viewed caves with aboriginal rock paintings and made our way down the very slippery track to the top of one of the waterfalls we spotted on the way in. We then made our way gingerly back to the ship laughing most of the way back as most of us stacked it heavily on the journey back. We then had some fun and games back on deck and enjoyed some more awesome food prepared by our chef Chad. The whether may be wet by our spirits are still high as we make the most of our time left onboard the ship, we’re all looking forward to when the sun makes it first appearance and on sailing some more later in the week. Cheers.
Situation at 2100. Wind Southerly at 15kts
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