Currently at anchor in Yampi Sound and experiencing light WSW winds with nil swell and the temperature is 23 degrees.
Welcome to day of our voyage. Sadly the wind moderated again during the early hours of this morning which meant the handing in of the majority of sails and the return to motor sailing as we transited through the Bonaparte Archipelago.
Later this morning in slightly cooler conditions I conducted my presentation on Sail Theory then following lunch we stood everyone down for 2hrs while we waited for the wind to strengthen so that we could continue with the afternoons sailing activities. This occurred at 1530 when the wind freshened to 18kts from the WNW which allowed us to set fore and aft sail and complete a good set of rotational tacks. This activity gives the Youth Crew the opportunity to go to the other watches tacking station so they develop a better understanding of how everything works when we tack/wear the ship.
Once completed we regained our course then sailed the final 7nm into Yampi Sound where we came safely to anchor just at the mouth of Crocodile Creek just on sunset.
Once at anchor the Youth Crew proceeded aloft and put a sea furl on the mainsail then once completed they sat down with their respective Watch Leaders and conducted mid voyage chats.
It has been another busy day for the crew of Young Endeavour with the highlight being the stronger winds experienced during tacking stations which has really given the Youth Crew a taste of what it is like to sail this 240 ton ship in stronger conditions. Other highlights during the past 48hrs have been the sighting of numerous whales and dolphins and in particular prior to departing Bigge Island we were visited by an inquisitive pair of whales who came to within 50m of the ship and kept us mesmerized as they frolicked peacefully in the shallow waters of Wary Bay.
The time is now 2100 and we have just settled into anchor watches for the night. It is our intention to remain at anchor overnight then ferry the Youth Crew ashore early tomorrow morning so that they can go and visit a special waterfall and water hole which is safe to swim in which I am sure they will all enjoy.
Until tomorrow, take care