Hi Everyone, Overnight we enjoyed some good sailing averaging a speed of 6kts and covering a distance of 102nm. At morning brief we were located 8nm to the east of the Lindeman Group sailing on a broad port reach still under full plain sail. As the forecast was for the wind to moderate later in the afternoon I took the opportunity to conduct both Demonstrational Tacks and Captain’s Setting and Furling Drills while I still had sufficient wind to do so. On completion of these activities the ship was located 4nm to the west of Whitsunday Island so hands were called to tacking stations and we altered course to the north east and shaped a new course for Solway Passage, which is narrow passage of water located between Whitsunday and Haslewood Islands. Given the perfect conditions I decided to remain under sail for the transit through this picturesque stretch of water and continue to our anchorage at Whitehaven Beach without the use of engines. This was achieved with some very good sail handling from the Youth Crew and at 1500 Young Endeavour sailed quietly into her planned anchorage just of the spectacular Whitehaven Beach. Once at anchor the Youth Crew proceeded aloft to put sea furls on all the sails. On completion of this task the course yard rope swing was rigged and everyone enjoyed a late afternoon swim. This evening we conducted the Apples & Onions exercise (communication exercise) which was followed by the classic tall ship movie ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Around Cape Hornï¿½ï¿½, which this evening was shown for the first time on deck under the stars utilising a screen and Lite Pro. On completion of the movie a very weary Youth Crew adjourned to their bunks for a well deserved good nights sleep. Tomorrow we will go ashore and enjoy a few hours on the very white sands of Whitehaven Beach.Until Tomorrow, Take Care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Currently at anchor at Whitehaven Beach and enjoying light SE winds with nil swell.
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Thank you Tarvi, Kaeden and Matt for your narrative of today's events. Intentions are to remain at anchor in Hunters Bay, just off HMAS Penguin, home of the RAN Diving School, a place close to my heart, having spent many a day there under training as a young Officer! The plan is to weigh anchor and proceed to HMAS Waterhen, in Waverton, to pick up our Community Day Sailors from the Windgap Foundation and take them for a sail around the harbour for 3 hours. The Youth Crew will help us host our visitors and give them an experience of Young Endeavour. We will drop them back to Waverton and then proceed to anchor in the harbour where we will have a good view of the Bridge and the Opera House for the Youth Crew's last night onboard. Until tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike