We have had a couple of patches of light wind today just to tease us, which we’ve made the most of. Last night the ‘eggs might fly’ competition was a great success and a lot of fun with some very promising flying contraptions manufactured from bits and pieces almost delivering an egg safely from the lower top to the deck. This morning we got underway at 0400 and made our way to a nearby part of the Great Barrier Reef, namely Hook Reef. On our way we managed to find about 10 knots of wind so it was promptly up with all sail and off with the motors. Making the most of it we conducted an imptromptu tack at 0700 for its training benefit and then handed all sail and continued under motor to Hook Reef as the wind once more faded to nothing. Approaching the Reef conditions were once again glassy smooth such that it was hard to tell where the ocean finished and the sky began, while three humpback whales gave a magnificent breeching display half a mile off. Dropping anchor a short distance from the Reef, it was on with masks and fins for a bit more underwater exploring. This afternoon we got underway again and started heading towards the mainland, conducting the sail theory lecture enroute. Despite the lack of sailing I was very impressed with the way the Youth Crew picked up on the principles of sailing a tall ship. Now we have a very light breeze but at least sufficient to maintain steerage way, so of course we are sailing, albeit very slowly. Tonight we will remain at sea looking for those all too elusive airs, hopefully we shall find a land breeze close to the coast early in the morning which will allow us to get some more sail training in. In the meantime we will hone the Youth Crew’s navigation skills overnight.Youth Crew entry by Tamara Brecko (age 23 from Sydney) – Day 5 and it couldn’t possibly get any better. At the moment we could rename this the Young EndeavourCruise…sailing through the Whitsundays, sunbathing on deck, snorkelling through coral reefs. Its been a great way for all 24 of us to kick back and get to know one another. The practical jokes have started … poor Kristy covered in anchor mud. Watch out guys this means war! We’ve all mastered the art of climbing those masts. Definitely a real achievement and beyond all expectations. Some of us (Blue watchlegends) were lucky enough to watch the sunrise from the very top. The staff are great, especially Kath (Tamara’s Watch Leader – no bias here!) and yes, Paul must be mentioned becuase he said so. Everyone wants to take a piece of Woody home. Could there be a better chef? (The desserts speak for themselves!) Although there’s no wind (not that we’re complaining) we have learnt a lot in the last few days. Putting it into practice will be interesting to say the least.Signing off from paradise (Brother Nutze, where are you?)Cap’n Bob
Course 240, Speed 1.5 knots. Wind north 5 knots. Temp 22, skies clear.
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