18° 15' South
146° 27' East
Scattered Cloud, Winds SE 5 knots, Swell SE 1m, Temp 26.5 degrees, Barometer 1018 hpa
Ahoy there everyone,
Overnight the ship remained at anchor in Little Pioneer Bay located on the Western shore of Orpheus Island. By the time the sun had crested the horizon at 0645 the Youth Crew had already been on deck for 15 mins conducting their Early Morning Activity, after which, the ship sailed from anchor and waved goodbye to beautiful Orpheus Island and her magnificent manta rays which we could still see frolicking in the water as we departed. With the ship under three square sails on a dead run in light winds we shaped a course north east through the Inner Great Barrier Reef for Hinchinbrook Island, Australia's largest island national park.

During the forenoon when abeam Lucinda the worlds longest sugar jetty (6km) we passed the graceful 100 foot long, gaff rigged schooner South Passage as she was beating a course south. We exchanged courtesies and wished them a safe voyage to their next destination. The Youth Crew then mustered on the upper deck and I then presented a lesson on sail theory in order to consolidate the practical aspects of the deck and sail work they have been conducting to date.

After another hearty lunch by Chef Adrian the ship let go anchor in stunning Zoe Bay, located on the rugged eastern shore of Hinchinbrook Island. This pristine bay has the timeless look and feel of Jurassic Park, with imposing headlands and lush towering peaks shrouded in misty cloud. Both sea boats were launched and ferried the Youth Crew ashore to conduct the hike to the breath taking Zoe Bay falls, were everyone cooled off in the refreshing crystal clear waters at the base of the falls, before trekking back to the ship with a short detour to avoid a snake on the track carefully protected by our own snake charmer Sail Master Taffy.

Once back onboard round four of rope races was conducted, which saw the Youth Crew once again attempting to be the first to locate various items around the ship in a non-competitive manner. Appetites had been sharpened with the day's activities so unfortunately Chef Adrian's dinner and pavlova dessert never stood a chance of surviving.

After a magnificent sunset over Hinchinbrook Island Young Endeavour weighed anchor and bade farewell to Zoe Bay. At today's morning brief I had used the quote ���Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away', and as passed to me by one of the Youth Crew on their return to the ship, Zoe Bay had been truly one of those moments.

The intention is to remain at sea overnight making ground to the north west and Dunk Island, continuing the adventure that is Young Endeavour.

Until tomorrow, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien