V08/21 Airlie Beach to Cairns
15 Jul - 25 Jul 2021
16 55.4' S
145 59.3' E
Wind: light and variable, Sea and Swell: negligible, Weather: fine and clear, Temp: 23 deg C,
Remained at anchor Fitzroy Island. Undertook onboard activities and a two hour walk ashore on the island, to the light house and lookout, as well as a swim at the beach.
Good evening shipmates. The day started with the usual at anchor timings and activities, EMA on deck, breakfast, morning brief, which included Salty's explanation of the nautical origin of the expression 'two-six heave', with the use of the usual cast of staff crew actors and Happy Hour. The harbour-furling of the square sails was next. The aim was to get the squares packed-away neatly so the yards looked immaculate for our entry to Cairns harbour tomorrow morning. After a well-earned lunch we commenced transporting the watches ashore to undertake a decent hike to the old lighthouse and a breathtaking lookout. On return to the beach some crew indulged in a swim before being transported back onboard. After getting showered and changed the crew completed end of voyage chats, facilitated by their Watch Leaders. At 1715 we enjoyed the traditional 'last night onboard' homemade pizza dinner. At 1830 we held the SODs (Ship's Operatic Department) Opera, which included entertainment segments starting with the Staff Crew's play, which set the bar very low, and was followed by a performance from each watch. The comperes for the evening were Roger Lambert and Philippa Vela who did a fabulous job. Tiarna Georghiou also did a solo rendition of a Lady Gaga song, which was incredible. We then viewed the slide show which had been compiled principally by Roger Lambert, with some assistance from some other crew members. The show encapsulated the voyage and was a very fitting end to the entertainment. Next the crew undertook the necessary end of voyage administration before 'crashing for the night' after another hectic day. We will weigh anchor in the morning at 0630 and commence our passage to Cairns. Until tomorrow, Yours Aye, Captain Mike
“With the exception of a military situation, sail training is the most demanding of tasks associated with the sea - it is also the most rewarding. It requires of its officers the continual practice of a high standard of seamanship; unlimited resources of patience, understanding and tolerance, the utmost reliability and integrity, a sense of humour - but above all, the mental resolve and physical strength capable of pure, unadulterated, bloody hard work!" - HRH Prince Philip