20° 47' South
149° 15' East

Weather: occasional passing shower, Wind: 135/10 kts, Swell: nil, Temp: 24 deg. C

Ahoy there Shipmates,

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mums!

The ship remained anchored in the lee of Brampton Island overnight sheltering from the Easterly swell and fresh SE winds, allowing the youth crew a chance to find their sea legs. All the watches further developed their watch-on-deck skills, including conducting engineering rounds, whilst further developing their climbing and sail work skills during their night watches.

Kenny woke the crew at 0630 with the Beatles song ‘Here comes the sun’ and got everyone on deck for a little morning activity before we headed down to breakfast. That was followed by the Morning Brief and then we had our first swim off the Ship while the tidal stream was a minimum at slack water. Staffies also rigged the Rope Swing from the end of the course yard and everyone in the crew had a go. After 30 minutes of swimming in the fine and sunny conditions it was time for the daily ‘happy hour.

After lunch we had today’s edition of ‘rope races’, which was followed by a demonstration by Staffies of ‘3-Way Chats’, which is an ice-breaker we will run this evening after dinner at anchor. Youthies are split into groups of 3, one from each watch, and they have to learn basic facts about each other member of their group so that they can speak about one of the two other people in their group. The facts include name, where they live, number of siblings, where they work/study, any hobbies or pets, an embarrassing moment and lastly a charade depicting their favourite film/TV show or book.

We started ferrying the crew ashore to the beach at the deserted Brampton Island Resort at 1300. Whilst ashore the crew had a chance to get some exercise, have a swim and also to prepare in their groups for 3-way chats.

Dinner was a delicious teak deck BBQ cooked by Haydo, his willing assistants and myself. The food was quickly demolished by a ravenous Youth and Staff Crew. There was a very chilled out vibe afterwards with everyone enjoying the fine conversation and quiet tunes in the background. Soon enough however Kenny wrapped up the end of dinner and moved onto three way chats. I was impressed by the standard of the presentations and it was obvious the youth crew had put some effort into learning some things about each other.

After a very enjoyable evening finding out so much about each other Miquela the Nav explained how the anchor watches work and there was a cheer when the Youthies worked out they would get a decent nights sleep tonight. They do have a great deal of responsibility however as they continue to look after the safety of the Ship throughout the night.

We plan to remain at anchor overnight and then sail tomorrow morning early and sail north through the Whitsunday Passage.

Until tomorrow, yours, aye