Day 4 – Fraser Island
Ahoy there everyone,Welcome to day four, the morning commenced with a 0700 wakey wakey song composed by Red Watch, arousing all from their slumber for breakfast and to some Youth Crew surprise we were at anchor in picturesque Platypus Bay in the western lee of Fraser Island were we had anchored at 0400. With significantly calmer seas due to the shelter of Hervey Bay, all Youth Crew were once again energised for a busy day. This started with the usual morning brief followed by happy hour were the ship was cleaned and resecured after the lumpy and squally conditions experienced overnight. During this period we were visited by a number of whales and their calves closing to have a good look at the ship before waving a pectoral fin and swimming away. With the ship in a pristine state Sail Master Joel opened the Young Endeavour pool enabling all those keen adventurers to swing from the course yard arm rope or plunge from the bowsprit into the warm, clear waters of the Platypus Bay. The overcast conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm as the Youth Crew executed some commendable acrobatic pirouettes, somersaults and water entries. Lunch was then quickly consumed before each of the watches was transferred ashore in the ships sea boat to stretch their sea legs, shake off any cabin fever and hug a tree which is a reputable cure for motion sickness. A team sports activity was also conducted on the beach which required some agility and co-ordination. When all hands were back onboard Engineer Leon conducted round two of rope races of non-competitive â€˜Rope Racesâ€™ enabling the Youth Crew to challenge themselves by remembering and identifying various equipment located around the upper decks. I then presented a sail theory lesson which aimed to provide the Youth Crew with a basic theoretical understanding of the ships various sails and functions. Dinner was a teak deck BBQ consumed on the upper deck whilst the sun cast a spectacular crimson sunset. Next a three way talk activity was conducted; this enabled each Youth Crew member to gather a significant amount of personal information about two of their appointed shipmates during the afternoon; and then present this to the remainder of the crew in the third person developing confidence, interpersonal skills and public speaking. After this activity the Youth Crew settled into anchor watches for the night. The intention is to remain at anchor overnight before weighing anchor tomorrow morning and conducting sail training within Hervey Bay. Until tomorrow evening, take care.Yours Aye Captain Damien
2200 at anchor - weather overcast, wind SE 9 knots, swell nil, temperature 19 degrees, barometer 1020 hpaÂ
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