We are currently transiting through the Whitsunday Passage sailing close hauled under fore and aft sail and experiencing moderate 10-15kt E/SE winds with nil swell. Current temperature is 16 degrees.
Welcome to day 5 of our voyage. The Youth Crew awoke to another fine morning and following the normal routine of EMA (early morning activity), breakfast and morning brief they were ferried ashore so that they could enjoy 2 hours on ‘terra firma’ at the beautiful Blue Pearl Bay.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Whitsunday Islands, Blue Pearl Bay is located on the north western side of Hayman Island and provides some of the best snorkelling in the Whitsunday’s. All of the Youth Crew took full advantage of the perfect conditions and spent most of their time ashore in the water snorkelling with a vast array of marine life and spectacular coral formations.
By 1030 everyone was safely back onboard and following cleaning stations and lunch Tim the Navigator gave his presentation on the scientific art of navigation. On completion of this presentation the anchor was weighed and the ship brought under fore and aft sail as we departed Blue Pearl Bay.
Once in open water we completed another round of rope races which was followed by a good set of rotational tacks. This activity gives the Youth Crew an opportunity to experience each others tacking station and gives them a better understanding of deck management. On completion of this activity we altered course to the south then commenced our overnight transit through the Whitsunday Passage.
Tonight in pleasant sailing conditions the Youth Crew will complete the BEAREX (teambuilding, communication and initiative exercise) and consolidate their newly acquired navigational skills.
Until tomorrow, take care.
Late Note; We also celebrated Tess\\'s 21st Birthday today with a fantastic birthday cake and lots of singing!!
Late note; We also celebrated Tes