Voyage name: 
V09/05
20 June - 30 June
Latitude: 
20°51's
Longitude: 
149°35'e
Conditions: 
FINE

PAST 24 HOURS

AFTER REMAINING AT ANCHOR OVER NIGHT AND WITH WINDS REMAINING
FAVOURABLE FOR A GOOD AFTERNOONS SAILING AND MAKING SOME GOOD GROUND, IT WAS DECIDED TO MAKE THE MOST OF OUR LITTLE ISLAND PARADISE SCAWFELL IS. SO AFTER SPENDING THE NIGHT DOING ANCHOR WATCHES AND WITH RECHARGED BATTERIES THE YOUTH CREW SET ASHORE AGAIN TO EXPLORE YET ANOTHER AREA OF THE ISLAND AND A DIFFERENT BEACH. THIS TIME THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTED ITSELF FOR SOME QUALITY SNORKLING AND SWIMMING. THERE WAS AN ABUNDANCE OF SEA LIFE AND NUMEROUS LARGE SEA TURTLES WERE SIGHTED ALONG WITH COUNTLESS VARIETIES OF FISH. IN ALL A FANTASTIC MORNING ASHORE.

AFTER RETURNING TO THE SHIP IT WAS TIME FOR SOME LUNCH AND BEFORE TOO LONG TO GET UNDERWAY AND CONTINUE WITH THE SAIL TRAINING PROGRAM. HOWEVER, THIS WAS NOT BEFORE ANOTHER LARGE INQUISITIVE SEA TURTLE CAME TO CHECK US OUT. ONLY A COUPLE OF METERS FROM THE SHIP, IT SPENT A COUPLE OF MINUTES LIFTING ITS HEAD OUT OF THE WATER HAVING A GOOD LOOK AROUND, AS IF TO SAY HI.

ONLY MOMENTS LATER IT WAS TIME TO SAIL FROM THE ANCHORAGE. BEING A NICE TIGHT LITTLE ANCHORAGE WITH NAVIGATIONAL DANGERS OF REEFS
AND ROCKS ALL AROUND, THIS NEEDED TO BE A PRECISION EVOLUTION. OUR TEAM WAS WELL UP TO THE CHALLENGE AND EXECUTED ALL WITH GREAT TEAMWORK AND SKILL TO SEE THE SHIP GRACEFULLY SAIL OFF TO THE NORTH.

THE NEXT EVOLUTION ON THE AGENDA WAS TO CHANGE OUT ONE OF OUR
HEADSAILS, SO WHILST RUNNING DOWN WIND THE DRIFTER WAS STRUCK AND THE JIB AGAIN BECAME OUR FOREMOST SAIL. WHILST CONDUCTING THE CHANGE OUT WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO WITNESS A LARGE WHALE BROACHING AND PLAYING IN THE DISTANCE. IT WAS GETTING ITS ENTIRE BODY OUT OF THE WATER AND MAKEING QUITE A SPLASH AS IT CAME CRASHING BACK DOWN TO THE WATER.

AFTER SAILING NICELY BETWEEN A NARROW GAP BETWEEN WIGTON ISLAND AND SILLOTH ROCKS IT WAS TIME TO GO TO TACKING STATIONS. TO GIVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ALL OF THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF TACKING THE SHIP EACH OF THE WATCHES WAS ROTATED TO PLAY A DIFFERENT ROLE IN TURNING THE SHIP. SO, AFTER A NUMBER OF TACKS IT WAS TIME FOR DINNER AND TO SETTLE INTO WATCHES OVERNIGHT.

AGAIN HAVING HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE SOME MORE OF WHAT THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY HAS TO OFFER AND REALISING WHAT IS IN OUR BACK YARD, THESE YOUNG AUSTRALIANS ARE REMINDED OF HOW VERY LUCKY WE ARE.

COMMENTS FROM YOUTH CREW

FROM SARAH AND FELICITY:
TODAY WE WERE 'WOOED' BY THE MAGNIFICANT SOLITUDE OF SCAWFELL ISLAND. ONCE AGAIN WE WERE 'TAKEN ABACK' BY THE GORGEOUS SUNSET. NEARLY HALF WAY THROUGH OUR VOYAGE AND SO FAR SO GOOD... EVERYONE IS MAKING THE MOST OF IT AND BUILDING GREAT FRIENDSHIPS, DESPITE FREQUENT 'SKYLARKING'. :)

NAUTICAL TERM OF THE DAY

BRIDGE: AREA FROM WHICH THE SHIP IS STEERED, CONTROLLED AND OPERATED.

YOURS AYE

DION CURTIS
LIEUTENANT, RAN
CAPTAIN STS YOUNG ENDEAVOUR