Ahoy there everyone,
Overnight the ship continued motor sailing south in abating conditions on a close reach port tack making good six knots as we shaped a course for Great Keppel Island. The Youth Crew continued challenging themselves with a absorbing all the information required to sail the ship. With a glorious sunrise which was witnessed by those Youth Crew who were aloft on the foremast, the ship then anchored in the lee of pristine Leechs Beach.
After morning brief and happy hour Joel the White Watch Leader presented his navigation brief before Chef Adrian enticed all down below decks for an exquisite buffet lunch. After lunch with such stunning weather the opportunity for hand washing clothes was undertaken before the Youth Crew proceeded ashore to the beach in the ship sea boat to enjoy the azure waters and a challenging team sports afternoon.
Many of the Youth Crew who had suffered from motion sickness took the opportunity to hug a tree whilst ashore which is espoused to be a guaranteed cure for this affliction. After an enjoyable shore respite period, a very exuberant Youth Crew returned back onboard, immediately Engineer Leon set to work and conducted round two of rope races which witnessed the non disappear from the non-competitive title as the watches gained confidence in the lay out and terminology of the ship in order to locate the various nominated items.
The Captain then cooked a sumptuous upper deck BBQ as the sun set behind Great Keppel Island. Some adventurous Youth Crew took the opportunity to climb aloft and observe this spectacular sunset from the lower top. After dinner a public speaking activity was conducted which required the Youth Crew to individually address the collective group recalling information regarding another Youth Crew member they had gathered during the day.
It has been another extremely busy and rewarding day for the Youth Crew. With a sheltered anchorage conducive to a peaceful night sleep either side of a 90 minute anchor watch on the bridge, some of the Youth Crew have even opted to sleep out under the stars on the upper decks in the cooler night air. The intention is now to remain at anchor overnight before weighing early tomorrow forenoon and re-commencing our passage south to Brisbane.
Until tomorrow evening.