Voyage name: 
V08/21 Airlie Beach to Cairns
15 Jul - 25 Jul 2021
Latitude: 
20 14.6' S
Longitude: 
148 42.6' E
Conditions: 
Wind: light and variable, Sea and swell: Negligible, Weather: fine and clear Temp: 23 deg C
Weighed anchor in the morning, proceeded to sea and motored to Bait Reef to snorkel. sailed back to Airlie Beach and anchored overnight.
We started today waking up to the beautiful open ocean and on the way to Bait Reef (SHARK BAIT OO HA HA). White watch started the day dark and early (12am) to watch the stars go by as we attempted to sail. As soon as Blue Watch took over, something went wrong! Not to worry, Benny saved the day (again). During morning brief with Capt. Mike, Salty a very special guest, told us the story about how sail boats came to be using cutlery, a very large sweet potato and a few pieces of bread (yum). With our morning briefed, life jackets on and flippers on toes we bounced our way out to Bait Reef for a four and a half out of five snorkels snorkel. Matt.F went head to head with a coral reef, a couple of small cuts were sustained by a single unnamed party although medic Ads patched him up better than new. While Matt was attracting sharks, Emma was teaching the Youthies a fun game called Ninja, which we definitely got better than her at it. From there we did our very first, second, and third tack (once our Nav (g’day Jemma) pointed us the right direction). Speaking of Jemma, we also learnt about the art of navigation! Back on course and entering the afternoon, the whales came out to play much to the delight of the Youthies. Some Youthies (i.e. me (i.e. Philly)) got to experience their lunch twice!! How lucky! Finally, as the sun climbed down from the sky and tucked itself away in the waves, a couple of brave souls climbed the main mast (onya Thor and Gareth!) to witness a spectacular sunset. We’ve wrapped up the day (so far) with a delicious dinner and now it’s time for watches. That’s all from us (Philly and Matt. F)! Quick shout out to our families and friends back home! Hope you’re not having too much fun without us hehe. ---------------------- Good evening shipmates, Intend remaining at Airlie Beach anchorage overnight and sailing to commence our passage northwards tomorrow. Yours Aye, Captain Mike
It is not the critic who counts, Nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is marred in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself on a worthy cause, who, at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement. And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while doing greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls, who know neither victory or defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt