Voyage name: 
V14/18 Airlie Beach to Cairns
02 Aug - 12 Aug 2018
19 06 south
146 51 east

Course:  At anchor    Speed:  0 kts

Wind:  Northerly at 6 knots    Swell:  Nil   Weather:   Fine

Ahoy shipmates,

Calm seas and light winds have been the order of the day (and night). We continued our transit to Magnetic Island overnight, finally anchoring in Horseshoe Bay at 1115 this morning. They Youth Crew were able to spend some time (and money) on dry land…coffee and ice cream all around. On their return they sea furled the square sails, enjoyed an on deck BBQ, watched the documentary “Around Cape Horn” for motivation, and then slipped into “Anchor Watches” (as briefed by Navigator Harry) overnight, assisting the staff in keeping the ship safe. I’ll let Courtney and Teale tell you more.

Fair winds,

Captain Kenny

Hi from Courtney and Teale,

Some of the Youth Crew started their day off early, climbing the fore-mast to watch sunrise over the ocean with its beautiful range of colours painting the sky with morning light. A pod of whales shared this view with them while showing off their breaching skills.

  • Later this morning, the crew were prepared for the possibility of a man overboard situation; the crew were scrambled at a moments notice to practice on a life ring. This was both a test for the Youthies and the staff onboard which was completed efficiently and quickly with no issues at all. We continued to practice the Youth Crews sailing skills, a couple sails were brought down and put up determined by the weather (which is gorgeous too by the way).

From 36 hours at sea to anchoring at Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, the Youth Crew enjoyed an afternoon on land checking off our start of voyage goals and making new ones with half-voyage chats featuring the watch leaders, frothy coffees and ice-cream. Captain Kenny took the Youthies through the theory of the sails – from when to set them to when to pull them down in the lead up to Command Day. Being at anchor, the square sails were “hanging in their gear” and needed to be sea furled, so the 15 youth crew lay aloft 25 meters up to take care of it, pushing everyone out  of their comfort zones. This was followed by a well deserved teak deck barbeque, a movie, and the promise of  more sleep on calmer seas tonight.

To reflect upon our journey today, Captain Kenny gave us the quote: “If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine Floor” (Neil Simon)