Captain's Log
9 November 2011

Day 4 – Hervey Bay 1770

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 an abating sea from the blustery conditions overnight. 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 where the ship was cleaned and resecured after the lumpy conditions experienced overnight. With the ship in a pristine state the anchored at the river mouth to the small township of 1770, Captain Cook’s second landing spot in Australia. Lunch was quickly consumed before each of the watches was transferred ashore in the ships two sea boats and an additional assistance by the passing water police. Once ashore the Youth Crew stretched their wobbly sea legs, shaking off any cabin fever and hugging a tree, which is a reputable cure for motion sickness. A team sports activity was also conducted which required some advanced agility and co-ordination. When all hands were back onboard Engineer Mick conducted round two of ‘Rope Races’ enabling the Youth Crew to challenge themselves by remembering and identifying various equipment located around the upper decks. 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 shaping a course for the Bunker Island group. Until tomorrow evening, take care. Yours Aye Captain Damien


24° 8' South / 151° 53' East


2300 at anchor - weather scattered cloud, wind W 8 knots, swell nil, temperature 18 degrees, barometer 1018 hpa