Ahoy Shipmates,This morning the Crew of YE awoke to a fine but chilly Platypus Bay morning. Following morning brief, cleaning stations and a visit by a few more whales and dolphins, all watches proceeded aloft (climbed the mast) to cast loose gaskets on the square sails and the mainsail in preparation for our departure. Once everyone had laid below (climbed down from the mast) I gave a quick brief on the intricacies of sailing away from anchor and at 1015 the anchor was weighed and the ship departed her anchorage utilizing sail alone. Once clear of the anchorage all square sails were set for the first time this voyage and YE came under full plain sail as we departed Platypus Bay. Following lunch the Boats Officer took the opportunity to present his Rule of the Road lecture which was followed closely by my Captain’s Sail Theory lecture. Throughout the balance of the day under a moderate south westerly breeze, the ship continued to make ground to the north so as to round Breaksea Spit (northern point of Fraser Island), then we will again alter course to the south and continued our passage down the east coast of Fraser Island. During tonight’s watches the YC will complete the “Apples and Onions” exercise (communication exercise) and continue to consolidate their newly found mariner skills.Tomorrow will see us continue to make ground to the south with the expectation that we will not make it to our next anchorage until Sunday morning.Until Tomorrow, take care.Yours AyeCaptain Gav
Due to lack of wind (only 5kts from the SW) currently motor sailing.